Wellington, New Zealand
September 20, 2003
The building has been continuously in use since the eleventh century, which is the primary reason that it is so well preserved. It has been a consular house, then an apartment, a stables, a church, the headquarters of the prefecture, an archive, and finally in 1832 it became a museum.
The building seems to be treated as quite ordinary by the locals who are quite happy sitting on the stairs for a smoke or drink, or kicking a football against the sides of the temple. For me, visiting this building was really quite amazing, just thinking of how old it is and all the things that may have happened here. The Maison Carrée feels old.
This is one of the few Roman monuments in Nîmes where the visits are free.
From journal Nîmes - Rome meets Provence