La Maison Carrée
La Maison Carrée
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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The Maison Carree in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely preserved. The inspiration for the design of the Maison Carree came from the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome.
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  • Ogi0
    Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient monument
    Years ago I had only seen it from the outside, now I was able to go inside. It is said to be one of the best preserved ancient Roman temples. Unfortunately there is nothing left inside and it has generally been quite heavily restored over the years. Still, it's worth seeing.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Sandi M
    Ditchling, United Kingdom298 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb Roman temple in almost perfect condition
    Daft name for such a magnificent structure. In almost perfect condition this Roman temple is remarkable. Inside is an excellent museum all about the building. Beautifully presented in both French and English. Can be part of your city pass which includes entry to other monuments in the city.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Meredith D
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    See from the outside
    See it from the outside! Well preserved Roman temple of Augustus in the center of Nimes. Paid 6 Euro to go inside, not realizing the interior is not at all preserved and only features information about the monument (which you can find on the Internet). Should have read ahead; only reason this gets 4 stars instead of 5 is the entrance fee is steep considering you can read the interior in 10 minutes. Worth a stop if you are visiting Nimes to see the outside for free. Only go inside if you have the pass.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,203 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fully intact Roman Temple
    One of the best preserved Roman temples in the world. The display area inside is small, but worth reading and seeing. If visiting with kids, be mindful at the entrance as once you climb the steps it's a steep drop with no railing. If someone falls off, they'll be seriously hurt. It's visitors' responsibility to pay attention and be careful. Fascinating structure - Thomas Jefferson even visited here and it's said it inspired the design of Monticello in the U.S. Be sure to consider getting one of the site combo passes so you can visit all the Roman sights in Nimes with a 2-3 day pass.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written May 20, 2024
  • JoannaFthegrumpy
    London, United Kingdom95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The outside is where it’s at
    I was just reading the reviews and I’m disappointed I didn’t even get the cinematic experience. What a let down. Not sure it’s worth paying to go in. You get a video of Norman foster talking to camera. That’s about it. The inside is basically non-existent. No attempt to recreate anything. It does tell you how some bloke worked out the inscription from the bronze holes left behind. And it tells you that the name carree is from the French for square, even though the building Is technically not square (or, for purists like me, it’s technically a cuboid, not a cube). You can save yourself some money by not going in. The outside is where this building is special. I’ve told you everything I learnt. You’re welcome.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written May 20, 2024
  • Simon J
    Manchester, United Kingdom197 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Roman Temple
    The Maison Carrée is a beautiful and historic Roman temple situated in the heart of Nîmes. For any intrepid traveller interested in Roman history, this building is a definite location to visit when visiting Nîmes. When perusing around the temple there is good information given to you about the history of the building over the past 2000 years. You can buy a combination ticket that includes access to this building as well as the Amphitheater of Nîmes and the Tour Magne. It is a recommended purchase if you are interested in site seeing Nîmes.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2024
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Simon J
Manchester, UK197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Maison Carrée is a beautiful and historic Roman temple situated in the heart of Nîmes. For any intrepid traveller interested in Roman history, this building is a definite location to visit when visiting Nîmes.

When perusing around the temple there is good information given to you about the history of the building over the past 2000 years.

You can buy a combination ticket that includes access to this building as well as the Amphitheater of Nîmes and the Tour Magne. It is a recommended purchase if you are interested in site seeing Nîmes.
Written May 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JoannaFthegrumpy
London, UK95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I was just reading the reviews and I’m disappointed I didn’t even get the cinematic experience. What a let down.

Not sure it’s worth paying to go in. You get a video of Norman foster talking to camera. That’s about it. The inside is basically non-existent. No attempt to recreate anything. It does tell you how some bloke worked out the inscription from the bronze holes left behind. And it tells you that the name carree is from the French for square, even though the building Is technically not square (or, for purists like me, it’s technically a cuboid, not a cube).

You can save yourself some money by not going in. The outside is where this building is special. I’ve told you everything I learnt. You’re welcome.
Written May 20, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
One of the best preserved Roman temples in the world. The display area inside is small, but worth reading and seeing. If visiting with kids, be mindful at the entrance as once you climb the steps it's a steep drop with no railing. If someone falls off, they'll be seriously hurt. It's visitors' responsibility to pay attention and be careful. Fascinating structure - Thomas Jefferson even visited here and it's said it inspired the design of Monticello in the U.S. Be sure to consider getting one of the site combo passes so you can visit all the Roman sights in Nimes with a 2-3 day pass.
Written May 20, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Meredith D
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
See it from the outside! Well preserved Roman temple of Augustus in the center of Nimes. Paid 6 Euro to go inside, not realizing the interior is not at all preserved and only features information about the monument (which you can find on the Internet). Should have read ahead; only reason this gets 4 stars instead of 5 is the entrance fee is steep considering you can read the interior in 10 minutes.

Worth a stop if you are visiting Nimes to see the outside for free. Only go inside if you have the pass.
Written October 4, 2023
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Sandi M
Ditchling, UK298 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This Roman arena is worthy of a visit but is best viewed from the outside. The only time I would think it is worth entering is to see a show.....
Written September 25, 2023
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Sandi M
Ditchling, UK298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Daft name for such a magnificent structure. In almost perfect condition this Roman temple is remarkable. Inside is an excellent museum all about the building. Beautifully presented in both French and English. Can be part of your city pass which includes entry to other monuments in the city.
Written September 25, 2023
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Johnnymd
London, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
Well worth visiting and going inside. The information on the incredible history of this building is very well presented.
Written September 17, 2023
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zwanslap
Mechelen, Belgium7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The arena was nice but very hot. The square house was literally a square house where we stayed not even 10 minutes. Definitely the square house is a tourist trap.
Written July 27, 2023
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Years ago I had only seen it from the outside, now I was able to go inside. It is said to be one of the best preserved ancient Roman temples. Unfortunately there is nothing left inside and it has generally been quite heavily restored over the years. Still, it's worth seeing.
Written July 15, 2023
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Igoplaces13
Lapradelle-Puilaurens, France8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This monument is mainly a museum with a very interesting history. The visit is good value but the edifice is particularly impressive when floodlit.
Written March 18, 2023
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