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Interesting Sites of Narbonne

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Beside the Saint Just Saint Pasteur Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace Narbonne, has several other interesting sites.
The most accessible one is the "de la Robine" channel that runs through the centre of the city. Robine channel is part of a bigger structure called "La Nouvelle branch" which is a waterway that links the "Canal du Midi" to the Mediterranean Sea.
La Robine channel was built in the late 17th century by Vauban and is listed together with the rest of the Canal du Midi in the UNESCO's Heritage list.
One interesting site on the channel is its Merchants Bridge. This bridge replaced the old roman bridge that was part of the Via Domitia (a part of Via Domitia was discovered in 1997 and can be seen in front of the Narbonne City hall). It is one of the few inhabited bridges in Europe.
Not far from the channel, on its right bank, one can admire the building of the covered market ("Les Halles") and a little bit further the gothic meridional style Notre-Dame-de -Lamourguier church that houses now a museum of sculpted stones.
On the other bank of the channel and close to the Saint Eutrope Courtyard of the Saint Just Cathedral is located the Chapel of the "Pénitents Bleus". This building that owes its name to one of its latest owners "The Brotherhood of the Blue Penitents" and is now an exhibition hall was a church for the Knight Hospitallers of Saint Jean of Jerusalem and was probably built in the 12th century. It is said that Viscount Aymeric of Narbonne who died in 1239 is buried in this chapel.
One of the major sites of Narbonne is the Roman Horreum. This underground galleries dating from the 1st century BC were discovered accidentally by a local trying to dig a cellar. The galleries, whose walls are superbly ornamented with carved stones, are believed to have served as a warehouse - hence their name Horreum in Latin. The extent of the galleries is still unknown.

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