Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers
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Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes

Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers

Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers

Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers

Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers
 
Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers

It is in Béziers that is the major work of the Canal du Midi: Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes.

A water of 312 meters which allows barges and boats to cross a drop of 25 meters.

For the time, an extraordinary technical feat performed by Paul Riquet as a tribute to his hometown.
Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers
Nine Locks Foncerannes is the third largest tourist site after the Languedoc-Roussillon Carcassonne and the Pont du Gard.

Eight thousand ships annually on average cross the Nine Locks that come to see 300,000 visitors per year...
  Ranking World Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO December 7, 1996 has given a soul to one of the oldest still operating channels, now dedicated to tourism. Built during the reign of Louis XIV, from 1667 to 1681, called the Royal Canal to the French Revolution, it stretches over 240 km. Large 20 to 24 m, 2 m deep on average, there are 69 locks and 350 works spanning his course and facilitate its airworthiness.

It is extended to the Atlantic by the Garonne Lateral Canal of 193 km. Property of the State, 350 Waterways of France working throughout the year to ensure the peace and security of users of the Canal du Midi.

Pierre-Paul Riquet (1609-1680), genius and visionary. The Collector General of the salt tax of Languedoc, a native of Béziers, supported the canal project all his life. At the age of 58, with his personal fortune, he started building having previously convinced Colbert, the Intendant of Finance to Louis XIV. By order of the King, Riquet became engineer and co-financier. The work was carried out in three phases between Toulouse and the port of Cette (modern day Sète).

Twelve thousand men were employed in its construction. The Canal was completed in 14 years through hard work and technical ingenuity. On May 24, 1681, the royal barge crossed the nine Fonserane locks at the foot of the town of Beziers.

A grandiose ceremny was organised, but Riquet died just a few months before the opening and never got to see the waters of the Black Mountains bring his Royal Canal to life.

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Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers

Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers

Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers

Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers
  Opening Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes - Béziers:  

- Open from 1 January to 31 March;
- Wednesday 14h-17h
- (open Thursdays,Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) 10h-13h, 14h-17h
- 01 April to 30 Septem ber: 10h-13h, 14h-18h
- 01 October to 31 December:
- Wednesday 14h-17h
- (open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) 10h-13h, 14h-17h 
 
Hérault Qualité Tourisme Occitanie Qualité Hérault Office de Tourisme de Béziers Méditerranée La Région Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée
Equipments and Services:
 
  * Parking
* Individual unguided tours
* Groups accepted
* Group unguided tours
  Sightseeing
 
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- Rennes le Château
- Château de Puilaurens
- Château de Puivert
- Château de Montségur
- Le Château d'Arques
- Château Villerouge-Termenès
- Saint Hilaire
- Forteresse de Salses
- Les Quatre Châteaux de Lastours
- Château Féodal de Fitou
- L'Abbaye de Villelongue (Abbaye Cistercienne)
- Abbaye de Fontfroide
- L'Abbaye de Saint-Papoul
- Abbaye de Saint-Polycarpe
- Carcassonne, 'La Cité'
- Château Chalabre
- Château d'Aguilar
- Château d'Usson
- Château de Quéribus
- Château de Termes
- Château et Remparts de la Cité de Carcassonne
- Carcassonne, Le Pont Vieux
- Lagrasse
- Carcassonne, la Bastide Saint-Louis
- Caunes-Minervois
- Grotte de Limousis
- Le Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine
- Gorges de Caune-Pont (Gorges de Coynepont)
- Gorges de Gouleyrous
- Gorges de Padern
- Gorges de Pierre Lys
- Gorges du Congoust
- Gorges du Termenet
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- Grotte de Fontrabiouse
- Grotte de l'Aguzou
- Grottes des Grandes Canalettes
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- Pont de Ribaute
- Rivière de St Laurent de la Cabrerisse
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- Corbières
- Pyreneeën
- Sidobre
- Terra Vinea - Portel-des-Corbières
- La Réserve Africaine de Sigean
- Musée de l'Abbé Saunière - Rennes-le-Château
- Saissac
- Montagne Noire (Black Mountains)
- Ille-sur-Têt - Les Orgues
- La Curiosité de Lauriole
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- Le Jardin Botanique de Foncaude - Feuilla
- Le Labyrinthe des Vignes - Arzens
- Le Petit Train de la Cité de Carcassonne
- Le Petit Train de Narbonne
- Le Sentier Sculpturel de Mayronnes
- Les Calèches de la Cité de Carcassonne
- Les Papillons d'Amarante - Lesparrou
- Moulin d'Omer - Les Maîtres de mon Moulin - Cucugnan
- Musée Archéologique de Peyriac-de-Mer
- Musée de l'Abbé Saunière - Rennes-le-Château
- Musée de l'Ecole - Carcassonne
- Musée de la Chapellerie, Espéraza
- Musée de Paléontologie de Villeneuve-Minervois
- Musée de Préhistoire de Tautavel
- Musée des Arts et Métiers du Livre - Montolieu
- Musée des Automates - Limoux
- Musée des Beaux-Arts - Carcassonne
- Musée des Corbières - Sigean
- Musée des Dinosaures d'Espéraza
- Musée des Potiers Gallo-Romains d'Amphoralis
- Musée du Catharisme - Maison des Mémoires de Mazamet
- Musée du Quercorb - Puivert
- Musée du Verre de Sorèze
- Musée du Vieux Sallèles - Sallèles d'Aude
- Musée Hurepel de Minerve
- Musée Lapidaire - Narbonne
- Musée Mémoires du Moyen-Age - Carcassonne
- Musée National 'Ensérune - Nissan-lez-Ensérune
- Musée Petiet - Limoux
- Maison Déodat Roché - Arques
- Maison de la Truffe - Villeneuve-Minervois
- Maison Natale de Charles Trenet - Narbonne
- Maison des Mémoires - Maison Joë Bousquet - Varcassonne
- Moulin Bénazeth - Moulin à Vent - Villeneuve-Minervois
- Musée & Jardins du Canal du Midi - Revel
- Musée 1900 - Lagrasse
- Musée Archéologique de Narbonne
- Musée Archéologique du Lauragais - Castelnaudary
- Musée d'Art et d'Histoire - Narbonne
- Musée d'art moderne de Céret
- Musée d'Art Moderne Fonds Peské - Collioure
 

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Les 9 Écluses de Fonséranes
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34500 Béziers
 
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