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___ Satellite View and Map of the City of Nantes, France
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Satellite view showing Nantes, the 6th largest city in France, a port city, and the historical capital of the Duchy of Brittany (Bretagne) in western France.
The capital of the Pays de la Loire region and the Loire-Atlantique département is located on the banks of the Loire River about 46 km (29 mi) east of the Atlantic coast.
The Pays de la Loire region has a Western European oceanic climate with frequent rainfalls throughout the whole year, with mild temperatures in summers, and cool to cold winters.
The center of the ancient Namnetes of Gaul became later a major trading center under Rome.
In the 10th century until 1498 it was the residence of the dukes of Brittany, when it was joined to France through the marriage of Anne of Brittany to King Louis XII of France.
In World War II Nantes was a center of the French Resistance (La Résis) to the occupation of France by Nazi Germany.
Nantes was a major commercial harbor, with facilities on River Loire in Quai de la Fosse at the west side of the Île de Nantes (Island of Nantes). Now much of the commercial traffic has been relocated downstream to the area at Saint-Nazaire, about 60 km away from Nantes near the Atlantic coast. Today Nantes economy is based on service, more than a quarter of its workforce is employed by the public sector. Airbus Nantes employs approximately 2,400 people.
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The city is a leader in business consulting, financial services, and auditing, it is by now the third most important financial center in France after Paris and Lyon.
Nantes has a population of about 285,000, the city is the center of a large metropolitan area with 873,000 residents.
Nantes points of interest:
Places: Château des Ducs de Bretagne (castle of the Dukes of Brittany is now home to the History Museum of Nantes), La Cigale (bourgeois Art nouveau brasserie with a history, opened in 1895), Porte Saint-Pierre (medieval gothic architecture city gate), Machines of the Isle (cultural project with the Great Elephant, the Marine Worlds Carrousel, and the Heron Tree).
Shopping: Passage Pommeraye (historical three levels shopping mall built from 1841 to 1843)
Museums: Jules Verne Museum (museum dedicated to the French writer Jules Verne, best known for his adventure novels like 'Around the World in Eighty Days'), Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (Fine Arts Museum of Nantes), Musée Dobrée (county museum in the Palais Dobrée), Natural History Museum (modern style history museum)
Churches: Cathédrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul (Nantes Cathedral), Notre-Dame de Bon-Port (19th century basilica, officially named Église de Saint-Louis), Basilique Saint-Nicolas (neo-Gothic style basilica)
Opera, Theater: Théâtre Graslin (18th-century theater and opera house)
Parks: Jardin des plantes de Nantes (English style park and botanical garden, established in 1806)
The map shows a city map of Nantes with expressways, main roads and streets, and the location of Nantes Atlantique Airport (IATA code: NTE) south west of the city.
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