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Seuil de Naurouze

UNESCO Heritage List

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Seuil de Naurouze was one of the 3 important parts _ besides the canal itself and the water reservoir - of the system called Canal du Midi. The water from the Saint Ferreol lake was channeled to this specific location "Seuil de Naurouze" that was established by Pierre Paul de Riquet as being the highest point - 189.43 altitude - of the Canal.
Water spilled on one side of the threshold flows towards the Atlantic while spilled on the other side flows towards the sea.
The threshold is physically represented by the water between the two locks called significantly "Ocean" and "Mediterranée" situated 5km from each other.
The complex of Naurouze was built between 1669 and 1673. It was initially a basin 400 meters long, 300 meters wide and 3 meters deep. Riquet’s wish was to build even a town around this water complex modeled after the Place Royale of Paris!!!!
The Seuil de Naurouze is now a quiet and beautiful place(there are, like all along the canal, bike paths and a bike rent shop!). It is still a testimony to the genius of its architect.
In the honor or Pierre Paul de Riquet a 20 meters high Obelisk was erected in 1827. It stands significantly enough on legendary rocks of Naurouze. Nostradamus talks in his predictions about these rocks and says that when the rocks - that are separated by a deep crack - are forming again a single block it will be the end of the world!

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