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Garden Fountains: photos, description (Jardins de la Fontaine)

The city appeared around the source, known to the Gauls, who set next to him, a sanctuary dedicated to the deity by the name of Nemausus. Now this place is the historical center of nîmes, and the source is now surrounded by a balustrade of the pond on which swans swim. The pond is a Garden of fountains, one of the main and the most picturesque city sights.

As the name indicates, the garden is not only a pond, fed by an ancient source, but many other fountains, and beautiful statues and the remains of Roman buildings - the baths, the theatre, the ruins of the temple of Diana, and the aqueduct and a water reservoir for water, which could supply all of Them during a long siege.

Perhaps the most mysterious ancient structure in the Garden fountains can be called the Magna tower. First, scientists still have not determined the original function of this building - perhaps it was a watchtower, but it could be a mausoleum. Second, the Magna tower was the victim of an incorrect, overly literal interpretation of one of the predictions of Michel Nostradamus. Part of the tower collapsed in the eighteenth century after a local gardener decided that the centuries of Nostradamus shows him a short way to wealth, namely, calling on him to find the treasure hidden near the Magne tower. Francois trok (the so-called gardener) no treasures found, but traces of his searches, preserved in the earth has helped archaeologists of the twentieth century in their studies of Roman buildings of Nimes.

Garden fountains were designed by Jacques-Philippe Marechal - architect, the main specialization of which was not secular architecture, and the hard science of the construction of military fortifications. Construction of the garden took place in the middle of the XVIII century, during the reign of Louis XV.