Pierre Paul Riquet
(1604 ou 1609 – 1680)
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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. Touch 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
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 •
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