The Gard

The Gard, September 2009

+ The place


+ My feelings and historical part

I will take you to the South of France, the Gard more precisely. This region is known for the Camargue, Aigues-Mortes (formerly on the waterfront) as well as the Pont du Gard. A region marked by the Roman presence.
This region is also known for its bull races and cow games. Clowns have fun with these magnificent animals and for the more courageous, competitions with prizes are organized. Why courageous? Because you have to go down into the arena and face these beasts excited by the crowd.
The essential points to visit: Nîmes and its arenas, Aigues-Mortes (Towers and Ramparts), Grau-du-Roi, Uzès, and of course the Pont du Gard.
Historical part/div>

It takes its name from the river Gard, locally called the Gardon, which crosses it. The department was created during the French Revolution in March 1790 from part of the former province of Languedoc.
This country was, it is said, originally occupied by the Iberians. These were driven out by the Celtic people of the Volques. In 720, the Saracens, under the Emir Zama, spread to the Rhône. They are defeated two years later by Eudes. Yousouf takes the same path in 737, Charles Martel defeats him in his turn.
In the 16th century and in the 17th century, the dioceses of Nîmes, Alais and Uzès were agitated by religious wars.
The capital of the department, a manufacturing city dedicated to textiles and an important commercial center, also became an essential rail hub during the establishment of the longest railway network in the years 1830-1840 then in France. There are superb mansions appearing in towns and villages, and an urban renewal is taking shape (notably the monumental station district). In Nîmes, by chance, in the Age of Enlightenment, we rediscover the Roman sanctuary of the Source.