In Nîmes (Gard), the famous Maison Carrée, a Roman temple dating back two thousand years, has just been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site… to the great pride of the people of Nîmes.
Seen from the sky, the Maison Carrée, with its two-sloped roof in red tiles, and its immense Corinthian-style columns, displays an insolent youthfulness. Inspired by the temple of Apollo in Rome, Italy, for more than 2,000 years it has been the pride of Nîmes (Gard) and its inhabitants, delighted with its UNESCO world heritage listing.
Best preserved temple in the Roman world
“It’s always a plus for the city, for the added value of the owners of the apartments around“, testifies a person from Nîmes. “Nîmes is a city with many Roman monuments and it is about time that this was recognized“, estimates a resident. The Square House was built at the beginning of our era by the Emperor Augustus, in honor of his two grandsons who died prematurely, the consuls Caius and Lucius. And, despite its name, this house rectangular is the best preserved temple of the ancient Roman world.