The Maison Carrée in Nîmes (Gard) was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site on Monday September 18. The city could benefit from significant economic benefits.
For two millennia, the Maison Carrée of Nîmes (Gard) sits in the heart of the city. It is one of the jewels of the Roman era. Witness to the ancient past of Nîmes, it was built at the very beginning of our era by the Emperor Augustus, to the glory of his grandsons. Exceptional in more than one way, the monument is notably one of the best preserved Roman temples in the world. This is why the Maison Carrée was listed on Monday September 18 as a UNESCO world heritage site, to the great delight of the mayor of Nîmes.
The 51st French property included on this list
Another cheerful reaction from the political world, that of the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak : “Happy with this success for Nîmes, which we supported with conviction”she wrote on Twitter. Every year, the Maison Carrée attracts more than 150,000 visitors. This world heritage listing could well generate an increase in tourist numbers, with significant economic benefits for Nîmes. The Maison Carrée is now the 51st property French inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.