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The amphitheatre of Nimes: photo description (Arenes de Nimes)

The ancient city, located on the site of the modern Nimes, called Nemus. In the II century BC by the owners of the settlement were the Romans. In the first century they built an amphitheater in the image and likeness of the Colosseum in Rome. Since 1840 this building is a monument of history. Currently it is considered one of the best preserved amphitheatres of the European.

In ancient days there was a Gladiator school, so the amphitheater was often the venue of cruel circuses in which gladiators fought with each other as well as with predatory animals. Look at these bloody scenes were about 25 thousand people - such was the capacity of this arena.

The size of the amphitheatre was more than 130 metres in length and over a hundred wide. The height of the walls exceeds 20 meters. The amphitheatre was built in the shape of an ellipse and, interestingly, it was the availability of water supply and Sewerage, and space for noble visitors, was marked with memorial plaques. For convenience of spectators over the arena was stretched the awning.

At the beginning of the V century Gladiator fights were banned, and after some time the amphitheatre was converted into a fortress as part of his arches laid stone arena dug a moat, and its walls began to hide, and then to settle the inhabitants of ancient Nimes. Inside the arena was built more than two hundred homes and two churches. In this state, the historic structure remained until the end of XVIII century, then the residents began to be evicted, and the amphitheater began to return to its original shape.

Serious restoration of the arena began in 1809. Since the mid-nineteenth century it was used as a venue for bullfighting, in the XX century here began to hold concerts and rock music. Today, the amphitheater can accommodate approximately three times less viewers than in the past.