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Beziers in Hérault Départment, Languedoc-Roussillon, France — Southeast Coast (Mediterranean Sea)
 

Pierre Paul Riquet

(1604 ou 1609 – 1680)

 
 
Pierre Paul Riquet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 20, 2012
1. Pierre Paul Riquet Marker
Inscription. Biterrois, constructeur du Canal due Midi, il trouve la solution permettant d’unir par un canal l’Ocean a la Mediterranee. En 1667, il entreprend les travaux qu’il financera lui meme. Chantier grandiose représentant 15 ans travail et 12000 ouvriers à la tâche. Il meurt mene un an avant la mise en eau du canal... Sa statue lournée vers l’Ouest, con temple son oeuvre.

[Translation by Google Translate (with modifications):
Pierre Paul Riqet
(1604 or 1609 - 1680)
Native of Béziers, builder of the Canal du Midi, he found the solution to join the [Atlantic] Ocean to the Mediterranean. In 1667, he began the work that he himself financed. The massive work project represented 15 years and 12,000 workers at the task. He died a year before water entered the canal... His statue looks westward contemplating his work.
 
Location. 43° 20.495′ N, 3° 13.056′ E. Marker is in Beziers, Languedoc-Roussillon, in Hérault Départment. Marker is at the intersection of Allees Paul Riquet and Avenue Camille Saint-Saens on Allees Paul Riquet. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beziers, Languedoc-Roussillon 34500, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. La Chapelle des Recollets (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Beziers Citizens Murdered

Pierre Paul Riquet Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 20, 2012
2. Pierre Paul Riquet Marker
(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Béziers Se Souvient (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Hôtel de Ville (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Pepezuc (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Les Halles (approx. half a kilometer away); [Gare du Beziers] (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Ici Naquit Beziers (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Beziers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pierre-Paul Riquet. "Pierre-Paul Riquet (June 29, 1609 (some sources say 1604) – October 4, 1680) was the engineer and canal-builder responsible for the construction of the Canal du Midi." (Submitted on October 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Canal du Midi. "The Canal du Midi was built to serve as a shortcut between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, avoiding the long sea voyage around hostile Spain, Barbary pirates, and a trip that in the 17th century took a full month to complete." (Submitted on October 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 20, 2012
3. Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet
A Pierre-Paul Riquet Sa Ville Natale
Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2012
4. Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet
Statue Paul Riquet et les allees image. Click for full size.
By Detroit Publishing Company, circa 1900
5. Statue Paul Riquet et les allees
This postcard image, courtesy of the US Library of Congress, shows the Riquet statue and surroundings as it was around 1900.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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