Prefecture and commune
|Coordinates: 43°30′06″N 4°12′50″E / 43.5016°N 4.2139°ECoordinates: 43°30′06″N 4°12′50″E / 43.5016°N 4.2139°E|
|Intercommunality||Communauté d'agglomération Nîmes Métropole|
|• Mayor (2014-2020)||Jean-Paul Fournier|
|164.2 km2 (63.4 sq mi)|
|• Density||890/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||21–215 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.|
Nîmes is a commune. It is the prefecture of the Gard department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Nîmes dates back to Ancient Rome.
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.