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20 Facts About Montpellier
Since the 1990s, Montpellier has experienced one of the strongest economic and demographic growth in the country.
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Montpellier was nominated for "Best Emerging Culture City of the Year 2017" by the think tank LCD.
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Montpellier, first mentioned in a document of 985, was founded under a local feudal dynasty, the Guilhem, who combined two hamlets and built a castle and walls around the united settlement.
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William VIII of Montpellier gave freedom for all to teach medicine in Montpellier in 1180.
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Montpellier gained a charter in 1204 when Peter and Marie confirmed the city's traditional freedoms and granted the city the right to choose twelve governing consuls annually.
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Montpellier has a Mediterranean climate, with cool, damp winters, and hot, rather dry summers.
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Since 2001, Montpellier has been divided into seven official neighborhoods, themselves divided into sub-neighborhoods.
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For most of its history, and even today, Montpellier is known for its significant Spanish population, heritage and influence.
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University of Montpellier is one of the oldest in the world, founded in 1160, and having been granted a charter in 1220 by Cardinal Conrad von Urach and confirmed by Pope Nicholas IV in a papal bull of 1289.
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Montpellier school of medicine owed its success to the ruling of the Guilhems, lords of the town, by which any licensed physician might lecture there; there was no fixed limit to the number of teachers, lectures were multiplied, and there was a great wealth of teaching.
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Transports de l'agglomeration de Montpellier manages the city's public transportation, including its 56-kilometre tramway network consisting of four lines and several parking facilities.
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Montpellier was the finish of Stage 11 and the departure of Stage 12 in the 2007 Tour de France.
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