midicanal.commidicanal logo dates, facts & figures
 
  • canal du midi
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  • 1667 laying of the foundation stone
  • 1681 opening of the canal for navigation
  • 15 years of work
  • 12,000 of whom 600 were women
  • 328 constructions of which 64 are locks
  • 54 aqueducts
  • 7 canal bridges
  • + sluices, tunnels and lockeepers' cottages
  • 45,000 plane trees and cypresses planted along the banks
  • 150 miles (240 kms.) of canal between Toulouse and S├Ęte
  • today
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  • the provision of 300 million m³ of water for crop irrigation per year
  • pleasure; 400 hire boats, 8,200 pass through the Fonseranes locks every year
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