Nimes is an ancient city in southern France near the Mediterranean. It was conquered by the Romans and has many well-preserved buildings and ruins from the early AD years. Those include an Amphitheater, Maison Carre'e, and the Temple of Diane. eterans of the Roman legions who had served Julius Caesar in his Nile campaigns, at the end of fifteen years of soldiering, were given plots of land to cultivate on the plain of Nîmes. The denim in blue jeans derives its name from Nimes (Serge de Nimes). Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and Danichou Maison Carre'e, city center by Ncadene.