Constructed by the Emperor Augustus who simply added to an existing structure at the top of Mont Cavalier as part of the ramparts around the city, the Tour Magne or Great Tower, used to command the Via Domitia road linking Italy to Spain.
It remained important during the Middle Ages when it helped to defend the City against the English during the Hundred Years’ War.
Even today the Tour Magne still dominates Nîmes. The view from the top of this 34m/112 ft high octagonal tower is magnificent. Not only the City but also Mont Ventoux and the surrounding area can be appreciated.
Note: A combined ticket for the Maison Carrée, Les Arènes and the Tour Magne is obtainable at a discount. Check out the website.