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Canal du Midi
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1667-1694
Date of Inscription: 1996
Location: Europe, France, Région Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc-Roussillon, dép. de l'Aude et de l'Herault
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Description: Canal du Midi links the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through a 360-km network of navigable waterways holding 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.); at present it is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering. Constructed between 1667 and 1694, it guided the direction for the Industrial Revolution. The creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, assiduously shaped his design, making the work blend with its environment, thus turning a technical achievement into a work of art. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Canal du Midi or Canal des Deux Mers (Occitan: Canal de las Doas Mars / Canal del Miègjorn) is a 240 km long canal in the south of France, le Midi. The canal connects the Garonne River to the Étang de Thau on the Mediterranean. The canal runs from the city of Toulouse down to the Mediterranean port of Sète (which was founded to serve as the eastern terminus of the Canal.) --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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