Nimes Travel Guide, France
Visiting Nimes is a treat for those who have a taste for history. The town has impressive remnants of the Roman culture. The city has the maximum number of ancient buildings in France. Nimes stands on a Roman road called Via Domitia that is as old as 118 B.C. For many, Nimes is a name known for Denim jeans. The city was the first one to give the world the Denim cloth. The word Denim is actually derived from De Nimes. Although, the town’s passion remains to be bull fighting that not only attracts the locals but large number of foreign visitors every year, but there is lot of other things explore and see in the city.
Area: 161.85 sq Km
Population: 146000 approx as in 2007
Languages spoken: French
The city portrays the finest Roman architecture in its old buildings and monuments. The monuments and buildings have been built with beautiful stones that have been able to withstand the ruthless blows of the time. The architecture of monuments like Amiral-Courbet, Boulevards de la Libération, Gambetta and Victor-Hugo are worth seeing. But there is much more to see within the narrow lanes of the city. The old cafes in squares of the city are constructed beautifully. The richly decorated Temple of Diana is among the best examples of magnificence of the construction by the Romans. Maison Carree or the Temple of Nimes is definitely one of the most elegantly built monuments in France.
Nimes suffered economic crisis in the nineteenth century. The political and religious agitations in the town gave an added set back to the development of the town. But gradually, Nimes got back on the smoother path and industries in the region started flourishing in the mid nineteenth century. In the twentieth century, the wine and the textile industry played an important role in giving a boost to the economic development of the town. Today the town has good infrastructure facilities for its citizens as well as tourists.
People and culture
The people of Nimes have a very ‘French’ attitude for their life. They prioritize quality of life over their work. The people of Nimes take pride in their country as well as culture. The age old game of bull fighting is still enjoyed by the people. The number of museums in the town give you a glimpse of the cultural heritage of the people of Nimes.
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- Ancient Nemausus in the modern city area
travel tip by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
If you are at Nimes, and you are interested in looking at roman history, you should visit several places. The amphitheater, from the end of the 1st century a.d., is very well preserved. There are still bull fightings beeing held. The...
- Pont du Gard, roman waterpip
travel tip by Axel posted more then 30 days ago
If you are at Nimes, the ancient Nemausus, you should make a walk along the roman waterpipe. There is also the famous Pont du Gard, nearly completely preserved 'aquäduct'. Enjoy the nice landscape and history.