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Béziers

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Located 14 km from the Mediterranean Sea, Béziers is situated on a hill overlooking the river Orb.  

Capital of the Languedoc wine industry, it is also noted for bullfights and rugby. Béziers, established about 36BC and surmounted by the 13-14th century Cathedral of Saint Nazaire, is the birthplace of the extraordinary man, Pierre-Paul Riquet (1604-80) who designed and built the Canal du Midi. In Béziers it is perhaps the best known engineering feature of Riquet’s canal, the eight lock staircase of Fonserannes, rising 13.6 metres. The top of the cathedral’s tower affords an impressive view of the aqueduct carrying the canal over the river and the  surrounding vine covered countryside.

There is a large flower market in Béziers that is held on Fridays.

beziers flower market
Flower Market
Saint Nazaire Cathedral, Beziers, Nr Canal du Midi, Herault
Saint Nazaire Cathedral
Beziers Ramblas, Market day, Nr Canal du Midi, Herault
Street Performers
River Orb, view from Saint Nazaire cathedral, Nr Canal du Midi, Herault
View of the Orb from St Nazaire
Beziers Locks, Canal du Midi, Herault area
Staircase of locks
Riquet statue Beziers, Nr Canal du Midi, Herault area
Statue of Pierre-Paul Riquet
View from Saint Nazaire, Beziers, Nr Canal du Midi, Herault Area
St Nazaire from Canal du Midi
Beziers Fonceranne,  Herault Area
Lock filling with water
Floer Market Beziers, Nr Canal du Midi, Herault region of South of France
Flower Market

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