The village of Alès, France, was first settled as far back as 5000 BC. Early Roman village architecture was characterized by wooden houses which surrounded what is currently Saint-Jean Place, one of the modern tourist attractions found in the city.
Alès is known for having access to important natural resources and coal production began in earnest in the 20th Century. As this industry dropped off later in the century, the city began to focus its economic development toward other industries, including the tourist industry. Today, monuments such as the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the Church of the Cordeliers and Fort Vauban constitute the major attractions, comprising a history of architecture and culture that spans back hundreds of years. The city's artistics tribute to the mining industry, an underground gallery knows as Mine Witness allows tourists to experience the lives of the miners. Hotel bookings at EasyToBook.com are readily available in this historic city!