The arena at Nimes is one of the best-preserved arenas from the Roman era and is still used today for public event such as concerts and bull fighting. There is a great self-guided audio tour that takes through the huge complex and describes the history of this magnificent building.
The construction of the Arena used to be attributed to the Emperor Augustus, who did a great deal for Nîmes. However, recent excavations have proved that the Arena were constructed between 90 and 120 AD, and not shortly before the Christian era. The Colosseum in Rome, which served as a model, dates back to approximately the same period.
The town of Nîmes was then called Nemausus, after the god of the same name, and, from approximately 20 BC onwards, was referred to as the Colonia de Neausensis Augusta. Augustus adopted a town planning approach for this colony that was typical of a Roman town, i.e. grand buildings and city walls enclosing a surface area of over 200 hectares.
Source: Arenes des Nimes
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snunney (79491) 2010-02-08 3:55
The tones and textures in the ancient walls are beautifully captured. I like the perspective, which makes very good use of the curving corridor to draw the viewer into the scene.
oncel (1407) 2010-02-08 4:27
Hi chris very nice capture.Good light.
amaryllis (33426) 2010-02-08 8:50
une belle perspective et cadrage , une lumière bien gérée et une texture de pierres superbe
pazufferey (4854) 2010-02-08 11:46
Très belle image de ces couloir des arènes de Nîmes.
Le contraste est relevé et les couleurs sont belles.
La texture des pierres est superbe.
seafetish (97) 2010-02-16 1:13
great composition! very mysterious to me...
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-02-20 17:01
Great perspecvtive of thias corridor. Light well handled
Fine colours and details
Have a nice Sunday
lebjohnson (609) 2010-02-26 5:53
Lovely colors, clarity and ideal POV make this an ideal photograph of a very special place, astonishing that it is still with us. Those Romans built well.
macjake (52014) 2010-02-26 17:25
i really like the winding corridor and how it makes me wonder what else is beyond. the colours and details are excellent, i feel i can reach out and touch the textured stonework.
Graal (95343) 2010-02-27 23:24
an interesting old construction and architecture. I like the colours and composition. Good note.
Have a nice sunday.
yeln (11504) 2010-03-01 0:59
beautifully chosen design with very nice colors! I like it!
vasilpro (40735) 2010-03-08 11:54
Excellent composition, very nice POV and perspective, lovely colors and light management.
Bournazel (6341) 2010-04-26 7:40
very nice shot really despite the darkness of the place
limielski (0) 2011-08-10 12:25
I was there. Beautiful french town. I remember this arena. Very good shot. Dynamic lights, This picture shows atmosphere of this place.
ravinmb (1293) 2011-08-11 22:54
Good composition, beautiful color of the lights and good sharpness.
TFS & have a nice day.
- Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper) (6788)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-03-02
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 18-50 1:3,5-5,6 DC, ISO 200, Hoya Cir. Polarizer 58 mm
- Exposure: f/4, 1/8 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Six days in southern France [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-02-08 2:53
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