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___ Satellite View and Map of the City of Montpellier (Occitan: Montpelhièr), France

Esplanade Promenade du Peyrou, Montpellier, France
Promenade du Peyrou with the Water Tower (constructed in 1768) and an equestrian statue of king Louis XIV cast in bronze.
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About Montpellier

Theater and fountain in the Place de la Comédie in Montpellier, France
Theater and fountain in the Place de la Comédie in Montpellier.
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Montpellier Coat of ArmsMap view showing Montpellier, a major city in southern France.

The seat of the prefecture of Hérault department is situated in the French Midi region, at the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, about 170 km (105 mi) west of Marseille.

Montpellier has a mediterranean climate, with hot and dry summers and mild winters.

The city was founded in the eighth century A.D. around a Benedictine abbey, it was ruled by the counts of Toulouse until the 13th century, when it passed to the king of Majorca. The city developed into a trading center due to its position on one of the important trade routes between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains of the Cévennes, the Pyrenees and the Alps. The city was a Huguenot (Protestants) stronghold during the French Wars of Religion. The city was witness to the 'Treaty of Montpellier', that ended hostilities between French royalists and the Huguenots in 1622. In the 19th century the city became an industrial center.

Today Montpellier is a major industrial and transportation center. The driverless Montpellier Metro, the world's first automated rapid transit was opened in April 1983. In 1993, a high-speed TGV train line was opened, connecting Paris with Montpellier. With the opening of the Channel Tunnel in 1994 and the arrival of the Eurostar train, set Montpellier at the center of a rail triangle connecting Paris, London and Brussels.

Winged Victory of Samothrace, Antigone district, Montpellier, France
The Antigone district of Montpellier, the statue is a copy of the 'Winged Victory of Samothrace', the original of the winged Goddess of Victory (Nike), a masterpiece of Hellenistic art is in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
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The city has a population of about 276,000 residents (in 2013), about 440,000 people live in Montpellier's metropolitan area (Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole).

Montpellier is a university town, the Université Montpellier is a center for for higher education since its inauguration in 1289, the University of Montpellier is among the oldest the world.

Montpellier points of interest:
Places: Écusson (old town of Montpellier, a maze of small windy streets), Place de la Comédie (the city's iconic main square known as the Place de l’Oeuf), Antigone (The Antigone district is a newly-created neo-classical neighbourhood of Montpellier, it is best known for its design by Catalonian architect Ricardo Bofill), Promenade du Peyrou (esplanade with the water tower monument), Château de Flaugergues (mansion with collections of Flemish tapestries)
Museums: Musée Fabre (established in 1825, it ahs a large collection of paintings from the 17th until the 19th century), Carré Sainte Anne (contemporary art exhibits in a Gothic church)
Opera: Opéra Comédie (at Place de la Comédie, established in 1755, it has now the status of a "National Opera")
Churches: Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier (rebuilt in the 17th century)
Parks: Les Jardin des Plantes (Botanical garden established in 1593, France's oldest botanical garden)
Festival: Festival de Radio France et Montpellier (summer festival of classical music and jazz)

The map shows a city map of Montpellier with expressways, main roads and streets, and the location of Montpellier–Méditerranée Airport (IATA code: MPL) located about 11 km by road (via Avenue Pierre Mendès-France) south east of the city.

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Google Earth: Searchable Map and Satellite view of Montpellier, France.

City Coordinates: 43°36′43″N 3°52′38″E
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