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Located in the southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon, about 60km northeast of Montpellier, Nîmes has a population of about 150,000. The city, which has ancient Roman roots, is the capital of the Gard department, the southern tip of which touches the Mediterranean Sea. Nîmes first flourished under Emperor Augustus, who built a ring of ramparts around the city, spanning 6km. Emperor Constantine added baths during his reign, and the city prospered through the 3rd century.
The Visgoth invasion marked the end of Roman rule in 473 AD. Prosperity returned to Nîmes in the 17th century. A number of historic buildings in the city were reconstructed, including the Bishop’s palace and the Notre Dame Saint Castor Cathedral. The Fountain Gardens, or Quais de la Fontaine, were also laid out during this period, and are within walking distance of the Kyriad Nîmes Centre Hotel. Nîmes has since become a major urban centre of the Lower Languedoc area.