Nîmes is a city in the south of France and is in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It is the prefecture of the Gard department. Its population is around 133,000 (1999). Nîmes dates back to the Roman Empire.
History[change | change source]
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 cities[change | change source]
Nîmes is twinned with:
- Preston, United Kingdom, since 1955.
- Verona, Italy, since 1960.
- Braunschweig, Germany, since 1962.
- Prague, Czech Republic, since 1967.
- Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, since 1976.
- Salamanca, Spain, since 1979.
- Rishon LeZion, Israel, since 1986.
- Meknes, Morocco, since 2005.