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This annual meeting is an opportunity for us to mobilize in order to offer you visits, sometimes unpublished, and original animations throughout the weekend.

University of Nîmes Vauban site (17th century) The old citadel was built in 1688 by François Ferry, architect of King Louis XIV, to control the city of Nîmes, stronghold of Protestantism. From the French Revolution to the 1990s, the site was transformed into a prison. Today it is a place of higher education. Discover the exhibition retracing the historic moments of the fort and the photographs of the site before the rehabilitation works.

Free visit Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided tour on Saturday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – duration 30 min

Cathedral of Notre Dame and Saint Castor (11th and 17th centuries) The only vestige of the Romanesque period, the west facade benefits from a major restoration project. Exceptional openings of the chapel of the martyrs and the chapel of the 17th century bishops.

Free visit Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

House of Protestantism (17th century) Located in the former house-school of the Ursuline convent (17th century), bequeathed to the Reformed Consistory in the 19th century, it has been the House of Protestantism since 1994. The House is a center of activities for culture, spirituality and a place of tourist reception. Screening of the film “Zwingli” by Stephan Haupt Zwingli was a major player in the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland. This film released in 2019 allows us to discover an important character in the history of Protestantism. Following the screening, a debate is proposed.

Screening Thursday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. – duration 2 hours

Theater of Nîmes Bernadette Lafont (18th century) Discover the set manufacturing workshop, the orchestra pit, the dance studio and the Bernadette Lafont room.

Guided tour on Saturday at 2 p.m., 3.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. – duration 1 hour Reservation on 04 66 36 65 00 on Saturday September 17 at 11 a.m.

Hôtel de la Prefecture du Gard (19th century) Visit one of the first prefectural hotels built in France during the Napoleonic era. Push the doors of this building to know all its secrets.

Guided tour Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. – duration 1 hour Reservation required on 04 66 36 40 18 or 04 66 36 40 52

Gard CCI (19th century) The Chamber of Commerce and Industry introduces you to the Art Deco frescoes by André Clair and Henri Pertus, from 1936, which honor and transcribe the economy of the city of Nîmes and the Gard department.

Free visit Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Accompaniment of visitors in the Pierre Gamel room by students from the Saint-Vincent de Paul high school.

Villa Roche (1970) Go back in time and enter the intimacy of a bourgeois villa from the 70s, bearing the signature of the architect Armand Pellier: games of contrasts between materials, empty and full, inside-outside. An expression of sophistication and refinement, Villa Roche is exceptionally open to the public.

Guided tours on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – duration 45 minutes. Reservation required on 04 66 76 70 61

Hôtel Rivet (18th century) Built in 1786 by David Rivet, a silk merchant then shipowner based in Cadiz, this sumptuous neo-classical residence has been home to the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Nîmes since 1987.

NEMAUSUS (1988) Come and discover the avant-garde vision of architect Jean Nouvel on social housing. One hundred and fourteen apartments spring up in the space of a year with a common objective: more living space and more light. The group exhibition “Sustainability and Heritage”, produced by the inhabitants of the district, invites you, young and old, to come and express themselves on the subject either in writing or by using amateur art as a means of expression.

Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Proposed by the association Bienvenue à Bord.

Christian Ligier Theater (2007) Slip behind the scenes to get behind the scenes of the Christian Liger theatre.

Guided tour on Saturday at 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. in front of the ticket office on the 1st floor – duration 30 minutes.

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The departmental archives of Gard in Nîmes – Guided tours of the building – Saturday September 17 at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

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