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The statue of "Mariken van Nieumeghen" on the Market Square.The city of Nijmegen counts about 150.000 inhabitants. It lies in the Dutch province of Gelderland, on the borders of the river Waal. Nijmegen is a Roman foundation. Some 2000 years ago Emperor Trajan built a settlement here as a camp to protect the border of the Roman Empire. The name of the settlement was "Novio Magus". The Roman past of Nijmegen is preserved at the Nijmegen Museum, where one can find hundreds of Roman artefacts.

Nijmegen has a 13th-century church (the Groote Kerk), a 16th-century town hall, a 17th-century weighhouse (De Waag).  Nijmegen was also a Frankish city in the early Middle Ages. In the 8th century Charlemagne had a palace built on the hill where now the Valkhof park is situated.  All that is left today, are ruins of the chapels that were part of the construction. Apart from the rich history of the city, there are other reasons which make Nijmegen well worth visiting. You can stroll the winding streets or go shopping in the city centre. The city is build on seven hills overlooking the river Waal 

It is the main city of the (catholic) South of Holland and many religious institutions are situated here, including the Catholic University of Nijmegen. You can experience the cosy atmosphere that is so characteristic of Nijmegen at the many outdoor cafes. The centre of the city is one of the liveliest in the Netherlands.
The city is known in French as Nimègue and in German as Nimwegen

 

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