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Nîmes

commune in Gard, France
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Nîmes is a commune. It is the prefecture of the Gard department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Nîmes dates back to Ancient Rome.

Nimes
Nîmes, Centre ville.jpg
Coat of arms of Nimes
Coat of arms
Nimes is located in France
Nimes
Nimes
Location within Occitanie region
Nimes is located in Occitanie
Nimes
Nimes
Coordinates: 43°30′06″N 4°12′50″E / 43.5016°N 4.2139°E / 43.5016; 4.2139Coordinates: 43°30′06″N 4°12′50″E / 43.5016°N 4.2139°E / 43.5016; 4.2139
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentGard
ArrondissementNimes
IntercommunalityCommunauté d'agglomération Nîmes Métropole
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Paul Fournier
Area
1
164.2 km2 (63.4 sq mi)
Population
 (2012)2
146,709
 • Density890/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
30189 /30000
Elevation21–215 m (69–705 ft)
(avg. 39 m or 128 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

HistoryEdit

Nîmes was an important Roman town. Many sites have been discovered, including:

  • The temple of Diane
  • The Maison Carrée
  • The Nîmes amphitheatre, the best-preserved in France.

The town was supplied with water by the Pont du Gard.

Sister citiesEdit

Nîmes is twinned with: