TOWNS OF ART AND HISTORY

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Not to be missed in the Gard are the Cities of Art and History, a national ranking which applies to Nîmes, Uzès and Beaucaire; vibrant homage paid to their commitment to their past and present heritage. 
Nîmes is the capital of Gard county, and contains some of the most splendid Roman monuments in France (Roman amphitheatre, Maison Carrée, Temple of Diane, Magne Tower…), breathtaking 17th and 18th century architecture (Gardens de la Fontaine, city mansions…), and emblematic contemporary sites (Carré d’Art museum designed by Sir Norman Foster, the Nemausus building built by Jean Nouvel…). 
On to Uzès, once the First Duchy of France. The preserved centre city overflows with treasures – cobblestone streets, lovely squares, fountains and Renaissance city mansions. The Duke’s Palace, the tower known as la Tour Fenestrelle next to Saint Théodorit cathedral, and the King’s Tower are beloved features, as are the shops and the markets. 
Beaucaire, which means “beautiful stone”, justly deserves its name. Beaucaire lies along the Rhône and was internationally famous for the medieval fair held there. Today the lively river port, magnificent castle and typical old streets are beautiful to see.

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