Uzès is a commune located in the east of the Gard department, in the Occitania region (France).

Exposed to a Mediterranean climate, it is drained by Les Seynes, Alzon and Les Rosselles. Included in the Gardon  gorges, the town has a remarkable natural heritage made up of a natural area of ecological, fauna and flora interest.

It is the center town of the Uzès agglomeration and is part of the Uzès catchment area. Its inhabitants are called Uzétiens or Uzétiennes.

Uzès is described as the “first duchy of France”, this title being linked to the duchy only because of the order of precedence in the hierarchy of the nobility, attributed to the Duke of Uzès in 1565 by Charles IX, then king of France. The title was linked to the man and not to his lands.

It is the main town of the Uzès historic region. Pont du Gard (UNESCO monument) is located nearby.

Tourism and main attractions

Uzès is classified as a city of art and history.

Religious architecture

  • Saint-Théodorit Cathedral. Ransacked during the Wars of Religion, it was rebuilt in the middle of the 17th century. Inside, it’s famous for its wrought iron galleries which run along the first level as well as the exceptional 17th century organs with decorated shutters (the only ones still original in France). The height of the nave vaults is 18 meters. The so-called Campanile Tower (or Fenestrelle Tower) was classified as a historic monument in 1862. The Cathedral was classified as a historic monument in 1963. Many objects are referenced in the Palissy database;

  • Former major seminary;
  • Saint-Geniès chapel in Uzès. The remains of the Saint-Geniest church and the surrounding pine forest were registered as historic monuments in 1949;
  • The former bishopric: a very large 17th century building adjoining the cathedral, it housed the sub-prefecture and the court until 1926. Today, after a very important restoration, the Georges municipal museum is located there.

  • The Saint-Étienne church, built from 1763 to 1775 on the site of an old church destroyed during the Wars of Religion. The only remains of the old building is the powerful square bell tower. This church was restored in 2011.
  • Saint-Julien church in Uzès. The building was listed as a historic monument in 1999;
  • Chapel of the Capuchins of Uzès;

  • The remains of the Romanesque church of Saint-Geniest, from the 12th century. The remains were registered as historic monuments in 1949;
  • Protestant temple of Uzès. During the Wars of Religion, the temple and ten churches were destroyed. In the 16th century, Uzès was the 5th Protestant city in the kingdom. In the 17th century, the cathedral was recovered from its ruins and welcomed new converts.

Other

  • Aqueduct of Nîmes;
  • The 18th century town hall, restored in the 19th century;
  • The medieval garden;

  • The castles of Uzès. Uzès retains an exceptional set of three feudal towers (there was one more in the Middle Ages), which were all dismemberments of the original lordship, still represented by the Duchy castle and its Bermonde tower.

Uzès is famous in the area for its Saturday market. Not only does the market offer local produce, but it also boasts textiles made in the region and many tourist delights.

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 7 hr 39 min (708 km) via A6 and A7

From Toulouse: 3 hr 24 min (317 km) via A61 and A9

From Marseille: 1 hr 55 min (146 km) via A55

From Nice: 3 hr 33 min (322 km) via A8

From Monaco: 3 hr 43 min (344 km) via A8

From Andorra: 5 hr 16 min (444 km) via A61 and A9

From Madrid: 10 hr 51 min (1,023 km) via A-2

From Moscow: 35 hr (3,219 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 17 hr (1,633 km) via A4

From Istanbul: 28 hr (2,582 km) via A4

From Bern: 5 hr 35 min (551 km) via A1

Main information

Area: 25 km2

Population: 8 379

Coordinates: 44°00′47″N 4°25′14″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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