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Pierre Paul Riquet, Beziers

Pierre Paul Riquet, Beziers
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Copyright: joel berthonneau (jlbrthnn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 7303 W: 0 N: 22961] (76039)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-07
Categories: Architecture, Artwork
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Canal du Midi, canal du Rhône à Sète, Painters and sculptors, Orb river valley and canyon [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-03 1:34
Viewed: 7637
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
February 7, 2008
Béziers 340032 34500
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.350 3.250 53 m

Béziers is the fatherland of Pierre-Paul Riquet, born between 1604 and 1609 and deceased in Toulouse on October 1, 1680, architect of the Canal du Midi of 240 km, built of 1667 to 1682, to connect Toulouse to Sète.

Canal du Midi, Locks of fonsérannes, one sight
Canal du Midi, Locks of fonsérannes, other sight

The Canal du Midi, "channel of the South", built from 1667 to 1681, connects out of 241 km the Garonne from Toulouse, with the Mediterranean in Séte. With the canal Latéral, "side channel", in the Garonne, it constitutes an inland waterway of the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. It was prolonged by the canal du Rhône à Sète, "channel of the Rhone to Sète", completed in 1811. It includes, starting from the point the highest known as threshold of Naurouze, a slope of 52 km towards the Atlantic Ocean and a slope of 189 km towards the Mediterranean. Of an average depth of 2 m, its width of surface is of 20 m, for 10 m at the bottom.
It was the largest building site of the XVIIe century: During 15 years, 12000 workmen, including 600 women, built 328 structures including 64 locks, 54 aqueducts, 7 tubular bridges, of the épanchoirs, the tunnels, the lock houses, and planted 45000 plane trees and cypress along the banks.
Today the channel is used for river tourism and the irrigation of the grounds.
History of the canal

63 locks strew the Channel with the South, including the 8 locks of Fonsérannes to the arrival of the channel with Béziers, built of 1673 to 1680. It is a major work of the channel, with 8 basins of form ovoid very aesthetic and 9 doors, which makes it possible to cross uneven of 21,5 m out of approximately 300 m.

Since its opening, after the passage of the locks of Fonsérannes, at some distance, before joining its layout, the channel borrowed the course of Orb, capricious river, with the violent risings and the very low water level in summer. To mitigate these difficulties, a derivation was dug, and a bridge channel, the Pont-Canal, was built since 1857 and was inaugurated in 1858, allowing with not leaving the channel of the South. It is one of the largest bridges canals of France, with its 12 m of height, 240 m length, 28 m broad and its two tow paths.

Béziers, (in occitan, Besièrs), is a French common, located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 71 600 Biterrois and Biterrois, distributed on 96 km², is 759 hab./km².

By its population, Béziers is the second city of the department of Herault and the fourth of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, after Montpellier, Nimes and Perpignan.
By its surface, Béziers is the first commune of the department of Herault.

My images of Beziers

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Bonjour, cher Joël,
Bel hommage rendu à cet ingénieur ayant conçu le Canal du Midi. Véritable exploit technique eu égard aux moyens existants au dix-septième siècle.
La statue ressort joliment avec ce magnifique ciel bleu.
Très intéressante note d'accompagnement.

Hi Joel,
Superb photo with an interesting and rich note. The composition effective and very attractive, likes the environment around the sculpture. The colours and the lights are splendid. Congratulations. Have a nice day!

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  • belido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5207 W: 315 N: 5056] (19934)
  • [2008-12-03 3:52]

Bonjour Joël,

très joli point de vue. L'idée d'inclure la belle arquitetua au fond a été très bienvenue. Le ciel complètement bleu fonctionne beaucoup ainsi que fond et contraste efficacement avec les couleurs de la statue. Excellente composition!

Salut Joel,
Une jolie image de cette célébrité locale.
J'aime bien ton cadrage et ta note fort instructive.
Bonne journée,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14073 W: 0 N: 16143] (171698)
  • [2008-12-03 4:46]

Hello Joël,

Omn dirait que la sutatue touche le bâtiment, superbe effet, superbe contrastge entre le noir et la blanc, légèrement caché par les arbres nus, une note explciative parfait, très beua boulot.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Joël,
The lights and shadows over the sculpture are wonderful. And the view behind the sculpture is very nice with a great architecture. The trees without the leaves added a great meaning to the composition, too,
Best regards,

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  • Gerrit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5832 W: 95 N: 9354] (52987)
  • [2008-12-03 7:05]

Hiu Joel,
beautiful composition of the statue and its fine situation. The almost moniochrome coloring is very efficient.
Regards, Gerrit

Bonjour Joël,
la superposition de la statue et de l'édifice élégant dans l'arrière-plan a un bon effet graphique et compose une image très attractive à vue.
Bon cadrage et jolie contre-plongée, dans un travail excellent.

Bonjour joel,
This is a beautiful image of the statue and architecture well captured in the best pov that against the perfect angle of sunlight!
great sharpness with perfect lighting and details over them!
very pleasing indeed

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2008-12-03 13:08]

Bonsoir Joël,
Une magnifique composition, qui allie art et l'architecture. Excellent point de vue avec une très bonne lumière et de détail.

Ciao Joel,
bella e imponente statua per un importante personaggio, interessante la storia , ma quello che piu' mi piace di questa foto sono gli alberi senza foglie che lasciano intravedere una stupenda architettura di quel palazzo.
bellissimo il cielo super azzurro.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2139 W: 54 N: 1004] (17136)
  • [2008-12-03 21:38]

Very nice lighting and detail. An interesting post. Beautiful artwork!! TFS

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2008-12-04 0:15]

Bonjour Joel,
an interesting reportage in 3 images from Beziers. I like the monument, architecture and amazing bridge. Good photojob.
Gr., Aleksander

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2008-12-07 4:30]
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Bonjour Joel,

ton choix qui me dit quelque chose, qui m'apprend France la Belle.

PS. On m'a appris et, peu a peu j'ai accepte cette logique, de ne pas filmer les scupltures, les details riches (portes, balcons) sous le soleil fort. Les portraits aussi. Pour sauver les nuances et les details. Ca depasse les questions du gout.Cette realisation est possible avec un bon equipement. Ne m'en veut pas, moi aussi je rappelle le soleil au secours chaque fois que je puisse. J'admire ton travail.



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