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Montpellier, Peyrou square.

Ancient royal square built in 1689 next to the hitorical centre of town, on its west.

In the background set the water tower built in 1768 by Henri Pitot to supply the water of the Lez spring, going to there thanks to the aqueduc Saint-Clément (14 km long).

In the middle of the square set the equestrian statue of king Louis XIV.
A first bonze statue (1718) was destroyed under the franch Revolution to make guns. A new one was erected in 1814. Then, the present one was ericted in 1828, by sculptors Debay and Carbonneaux. The king show Spain with his right arm.
A rumour says the scultor commited suicide when he saw he has forgotten to put stirrup at the king's feet...

If this tourist could look back, he could see that Louis XIV shos him the way to go ;-)

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