Nîmes

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Nimes
Prefecture and commune
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
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Gard
Arrondissement Nimes
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération Nîmes Métropole
Government
 • 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: