A travel guide by Claude de Varennes: numerous editions in the second half of the seventeenth century.

The precursors of today's tourist guides were road routes that provided the traveller with succinct information about the curiosities to bee seen in the regions crossed. The first such work was La Guide des chemins de France by Charles Estienne (1552); it contains mention of the Roman monuments of Nîmes but the Maison Carrée is omitted.

Read Charles Estienne's description.

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Ville de Nîmes, Carré d'art bibliothèque, 9750
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