Photographer's Note

February 5, 2008
Montpellier 340172 34000
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.600 3.883 25 m

Babote Tower XIIth century, by night. (assembly of two photographs).

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Of the 25 turns which made the enclosure strengthened of Montpellier, called the "Commune Cloture", remain only the Tower of the Pines and the Tower of Babote built at the end of XIIème century.

In 1740, the States of Languedoc vote the construction of an observatory, a building which will be raised and completed in 1745 on the basis of tower the Academy of Science will take possession of it, then the royal company of sciences will install there its seat of 1757 to 1761.
Caption or reality: December 26, 1783, a certain Sebastien Lenormand, inventor of the parachute would have tested his invention while springing from the building with the foot of the tower.
In 1832, during 23 years, the telegraph of CHAPPE is installed on the roof of the building.
In 1855, the Faculty of Science will make there astronomical and weather studies which will be published in a local newspaper.
In 1899, the tower will accomodate the Company pigeon fancier of Herault.
In 1903, Babotte covers its astronomical vocation by accomodating the Flammarion Company.
In 1950, the mayor allots the buildings to the Agreement bibliophile which installs the museum of the Montpellier old man there during 30 years.
In 1981, the Federation of astronomy popular amateur of the South installs his seat there. This association occupies today still this building with so particular architecture.

Montpellier is the chief town of the Languedoc-Roussillon Area, populated of 244 300 (in 2005), Montpelliérains and Montpelliéraines, distributed on 57 km², is 3 963 hab/km². The urban surface is populated of 531 000 inhabitants.
The population has increased in an uninterrupted way for 50 years.
The climate of Montpellier is a Mediterranean climate. Contrary to a spread idea, it does not rain less in Montpellier that in Brest, but precipitations are much concentrated

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