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Béziers in Hérault, Occitania, France — Western Europe
 

Pierre Paul Riquet

(1604 ou 1609 – 1680)

 
 
Pierre Paul Riquet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1667.
 
Location. 43° 20.495′ N, 3° 13.056′ E. Marker is in Béziers, Occitanie (Occitania), in Hérault. Marker is at the intersection of Allées Paul Riquet

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and Avenue Camille Saint-Saens on Allées Paul Riquet. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 72 Allées Paul Riquet, Béziers, Occitanie 34500, France. Touch for directions.
 
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 (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Béziers.
 
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 Brentwood, 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 Brentwood, California.) 
 
Pierre Paul Riquet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 20, 2012
2. Pierre Paul Riquet Marker
Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 22, 2012
4. Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet
Statue Paul Riquet et les allees image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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 was last revised on September 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 10, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   5. submitted on December 1, 2012. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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