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News - June/July 2018
French city opens the Museum of Romanity
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Borel
Nîmes has welcomed its new Museum of Romanity opposite its 2,000 year-old arena. Inside its contemporary walls will be over 5,000 works relating to the city’s archaeological collections, as well as temporary exhibitions celebrating the ancient history of the city.
The design of the building was subject to a competition jury in 2011, who selected three out of the 103 applications received, before declaring the project of Agence 2Portzamparc drawn by Elizabeth de Portzamparc the winner. The design includes a roof terrace and archeological garden designed as a ‘plant museum,’ displaying trees, shrubs and perennials that are representative of different periods depending on their time of introduction, according to trading, influences and occupations over the last 2,000 years.
“The Museum of Romanity fits perfectly into the philosophy of Nîmes’ candidature for UNESCO World Heritage site on the theme of ‘Antiquity in the present day,” says Jean-Paul Fournier, the Mayor of Nîmes.
“Revealing the rooting of Nîmes’ identity in its Roman past, the Museum of Romanity is one of the most outstanding architectural and cultural projects of the beginning of this century for the City of Nîmes.”
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