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Arena, Nîmes

Arena, Nîmes

Remarkable architecture of the arena in Nîmes

Looking at the illuminated amphitheatre in Nîmes you can feel the proud atmosphere which is radiated by the structure. The arena was built 2000 years ago based on the model of the colosseum in Rome. It testifies to the high architectural standards existing in Roman times. Where gladiators and sportsmen once fought against each other, you will today find mainly tourists and lovers of musical events or bull fights.

Drive-over BEGA in-ground luminaires made of stainless steel, with hoods made of cast bronze, were installed in 2006. The robust luminaires blend harmoniously in the historical ambience and perform their task year in year out. Cost-efficient discharge lamps produce 15 000 lumen. The entire arena is bathed in uniformly bright light.

The patented design of the in-ground floodlights enables the 21m high façade of the historical structure to be illuminated as far as the bottom edge. A special feature of the luminaire is its linear lower light edge. The otherwise usual light-cone effect is thus prevented.

With special metal-cutting technology we were able to work the crocodile theme into the valuable bronze material precisely and enduringly. In this way it was possible to adorn each in-ground luminaire with the city’s emblem. The picture of a crocodile and palm tree originates from an old coin. Money of this type was used in Nîmes at the time of the Roman Emperor Augustus in the 1st century B.C.

Apart from the amphitheatre the city has numerous other monuments which testify to the importance of Nîmes and its heyday. The so-called “Great Tower” from the 3rd century B.C. is the oldest preserved building in the city. Other witnesses of its glorious past include the Pont du Gard, the Maison Carrée and the historical old town.

Light planning
Les Eclairagistes Associés (LEA), L. Fachard, J. Frey, Lyon

Max Schulz, Mülheim an der Ruhr


Luminaires used