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Prefecture and commune
Nîmes, Centre ville.jpg
Coat of arms of Nimes
Coat of arms
Nimes is located in France
Location within Occitanie region
Nimes is located in Occitanie
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
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Gard
Arrondissement Nimes
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération Nîmes Métropole
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Paul Fournier
Area1 164.2 km2 (63.4 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 146,709
 • Density 893.48/km2 (2,314.1/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 30189 /30000
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.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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: