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Nîmes, Centre ville.jpg
Coat of arms of Nimes
Nimes is located in France
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Gard
Arrondissement Nimes
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération Nîmes Métropole
Mayor Jean-Paul Fournier
Elevation 21–215 m (69–705 ft)
(avg. 39 m/128 ft)
Land area1 164.2 km2 (63.4 sq mi)
Population2 146,709  (2012)
 - Density 893 /km2 (2,310 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 30189/ 30000
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.

Coordinates: 43°30′06″N 4°12′50″E / 43.5016°N 4.2139°E / 43.5016; 4.2139

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: