LA MAISON CARREE

Excursion Details:
  • The Maison Carrée is an ancient building in Nîmes, southern France; it is one of the best-preserved Roman temple façades to be found in the territory of the former Roman Empire.
  • Constructed in gleaming limestone around AD 5, this temple was built to honour Emperor Augustus’ two adopted sons. Despite the name, the Maison Carrée (Square House) is actually rectangular – to the Romans, ‘square’ simply meant a building with right angles.
  • The building is beautifully preserved, complete with stately columns and triumphal steps.
  • A large door leads to the surprisingly small and windowless interior, where the shrine was originally housed. This is now used to house a tourist-oriented film on the Roman history of Nîmes. No ancient decoration remains inside the cella.
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