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Thau Lake and Sète

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Thau Lake is the connection of Canal du midi to the Mediterranean Sea and the rest of the France via Canal du Rhone. The Canal du Midi flows into Thau Lake at Marseillan.
Sète - called sometimes "The Venise of Languedoc" - was built during the reign of King Louis XIV as port for exportation of the goods coming from the South-West of France via Canal du Midi.
The location of Sète was inhabited since roman times but the real city was built starting in 1666 when the 650 meter long pier Saint Louis was built and the channel linking the Thau Lake to the Mediterranean Sea was enlarged. The day when the construction started the 29th of July 1666 was and is still celebrated in Sète with a jousting tournament.
The Saint Louis Lighthouse was built initially on the order of Vauban in 1682. Unfortunately this construction was destroyed another lighthouse was built in 1690.
In the 19th century the port knows a development period due to the commerce with wine, wood, iron and cereals. It is during these times that the "Palais Consulaire" -now the Commerce Chamber - was built.

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