La Tour Magne, or Magne Tower, is a 32 meter tall watch tower, built by the Roman’s in 15 BC. It used to have one more storey, but the highest one is now gone. Nevertheless, it’s a magnificent piece of architecture, rising up on the the Mt Cavalier of Jardins de la Fontaine. Today it houses a small museum, and from the balcony opens lovely views over the city and the surrounding countryside.
La Tour Magne is one of the three main sights of Nîmes, along with Les Arènes and Maison Carrée, and you can see the three with a combi ticket (10 euros). It was classified as Monument Historique in 1840.
When I took this photo it was the winter holidays, and lots of school children were having a picnic right in front of the tower. It’s a nice spot for a picnic, for sure!