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Montpellier is a town with many travel attractions, and has an old university tradition. Its is situated on hilly ground 10 km inland from the Mediterranean coast.
Montpellier is located in southern France, about 170 km (105 mi) from Marseille and 50 km (31 mi) from Nîmes. It is the 8th biggest city of France. The town has conserved much of its past, with narrow medieval streets and grand private houses. Montpellier is known internationally for its world-class medical schools and it has the oldest, still active, school of medicine in the western world, La Faculté de Médecine, which dates from 1220.
A main focus point in the city is La Place de la Comédie with its Opera House built in the 19th century. The terraces of the many cafés and restaurants make it a lively place where both students and local residents meet up throughout the day. The pedestrianised historic Old Town with its beautiful 17th and 18th century town houses is located close to La Place de la Comédie.

Among other main sights in Montpellier are: Le Jardin de Plantes, founded in 1593 and the oldest botanical garden in France, it is designated among the most prestigious botanical gardens in the world; La Cathédrale Saint Pierre built et the end of the 14th century at the wish of Pope Urbain V; the French-style gardens, La Promenade Royale, designed in the 18th century around an immense statue of Luis XIV facing the majestic triumphal arch, Porte du Peyrou. An elegant water tower, collecting the waters of the Saint Clement Aquaduct, is called Arceaux. This high point offers a wonderful panoramic view of the north of town.

Montpellier Méditerranée Airport is situated on the outskirts; a bus service operates to the center of Montpellier. The airport is fairly well connected to Paris, and is also served by a number of international flights from London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Montpellier's main train station is Montpellier St. Roch. It takes about 3hr 15min by the TGV fast train from Paris.


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