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Néris-les-Bains is a commune in the Allier department in the Auvergne region in central France.EtymologyThe name Néris comes from the Gaul God Nérios, a deity personifying the local thermal spring (Latinized to "Nerius").Geography8 kilometers southeast of Montluçon, the town is on departmental road 2144, which links Clermont-Ferrand to Bourges via Montluçon, and follows the trail of the ancient Roman way.The town is at 352 meters of altitude, on the first foothills of the Massif central, more precisely the plateau of the Combrailles.HistoryThe Gaul era: NériomagosAt that time, Néris was called Nériomagos . It was a village with a booming trade, at the crossroads of two major ways.The Roman colonisation: Aquae Nerii"Nérios" was Latinized into "Nérius", and "Nériomagos" became "Aquae Nerii" . The spring was used for therapeutic purposes and two luxurious thermal baths were created. Numerous monuments were built, including temples and villas. The 8th legion Augusta stationed there at the end of the 1st century. A circle theater was built to offer circus games and stage performances to the soldiers and inhabitants. Many relics remain from that golden age.Germanic invasions and Merovingian eraAround 275 C.E., the Germanic invasions destroyed a part of the town and the population fled, leaving behind monetary treasures.
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