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The originof the canal
350 years of history
A technological achievement
Shaping the territory
Life along the canal
The Canal du Midi was originally known as the Canal Royal du Languedoc and was inaugurated in 1681. It was designed by Pierre-Paul Riquet and is also a creation from the time of Louis XIV who wanted to develop trade in his Kingdom.
Pierre-Paul Riquet à Naurouze, gravure 19ème siècle
Other project proposals before the Canal du Midi
Projet de tracé, 1666
The national and geopolitical context
Carte de l'Europe
Domaine de Bonrepos-Riquet
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A site managed by Voies navigables de France in collaboration with members of the “Entente du Canal du Midi” and their tourist operators.