This masterpiece is more than 350 years old
The Canal du Midi has been classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996. Just like the 9 locks of Fonseranes at Béziers which are a major engineering structure on the Canal du Midi, also listed as a Historic Monument in 1996. So many distinctions have many reasons to exist. The first is aesthetic: the Canal du Midi is beautiful, its environment majestic. And then, is an engineering masterpiece, created by the Biterrois Pierre-Paul Riquet, and the hands of some 12,000 workers. Finally, the Canal du Midi remains a major component of the local identity, as much as it was a tool for economic development (agriculture, winegrowing, freight transport, etc.). The towns of the agglomeration that it crosses (Béziers, Villeneuve-lès-Béziers, Cers) demonstrate to it every day an unfailing attachment: on the canal or on its banks we walk, we sail... we live.