Photographer's Note

The channel of the South or channel of the Two Seas is a French channel which connects the Garonne to the Mediterranean. It provides with the side channel to the Garonne an inland waterway of the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. It was prolonged by the channel of the Rhone with Sète. Initially named royal channel in Languedoc, the revolutionists rename it in channel of the South in 1789. It was considered by its contemporaries as being the largest building site of the XVIIe century. It is the trade of the corn which justified its construction. Built at the XVIIe century, of 1666 to 1681, under the reign of Louis XIV and the supervision of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the channel of the South is the oldest channel of Europe still under operation. The setting in?uvre of this work is closely related to the question of the river navigation at modern times. The challenge, taken up by Pierre-Paul Riquet, was to convey the water of the Black Mountain until the threshold of Naurouze the highest point of the course. Since 1996, it is classified in the list of the inheritance of humanity by UNESCO. "I preferred glory to be the author for it, with all that I did" Homage of Marshal VAUBAN in connection with the work of P.P. RIQUET

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Additional Photos by cedric DEVARENNE (DINOZOR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 665 W: 59 N: 2931] (16452)
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