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Nîmes is a city in the Occitanie region of southern France. It is the capital of the Gard department. Nîmes is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cévennes mountains. The estimated population of Nîmes is 146,709 .

Nîmes is heralded as the ‘Rome of France’, and it’s easy to see why. Two millennia ago it was one of the most important cities of Roman Gaul, as evidenced by its incredible collection of Roman buildings, including a magnificent amphitheatre and a 2000-year-old temple. Nîmes has a stunning Roman Coliseum that is second only to Rome’s. There are a few other fine Roman relics and Diana’s Palace.

There are plenty of museums and markets to explore in Nîmes’ palm-lined streets, as well as a host of high-profile festivals throughout the year. Nîmes is also proud of the futuristic Musée de la Romanité, which opened in mid-2018 and is one of the best archaeological museums in Languedoc-Roussillon. In 2018, Nîmes applied to be listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Other key places to visit in Nimes include: Maison Carré, a very well preserved first century Roman temple that would make Nîmes worth a visit even if there were nothing else to look at or enjoy in the city. Jardin de la Fontaine, home of Nîmes’ other important Roman monuments, beautiful statues, and temple of Diane, which is to the left through the main entrance. Free entrance. The grounds close at sunset, in summer open till 10 pm. Opened in mid-2018, this futuristic steel-and-glass structure of Musee de la Romanite faces Les Arènes right in the heart of the city. Within, the ambitious archaeological museum’s permanent exhibitions are devoted to regional archaeology, with more than 5000 artefacts including well-preserved mosaics and ceramics.

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