“Oil on Canvas, signed Lyndsey and dated 78 in French Impressionist style of the ‘Canal Du Midi’. Extremely Decorative.
The canal connects the Garonne River to the Etang de Thau on the Mediterrean and along with the 193 km (120 mi) longCanal De Garonne forms the Canal de deux mers joining the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The canal runs from the city of Toulouse down to the Ã‰tang de Thau near the Mediterranean.
Strictly speaking, the Canal du Midi means that part initially built from Toulouse to the Mediterranean â€” the Deux-Mers canal project aimed to link together several sections of navigable waterways to join the Mediterranean and the Atlantic: first the Canal du Midi, then the Garonne which was more or less navigable between Toulouse and Bordeaux, then the Garonne Lateral Canal built later, and finally the Gironde estaury after Bordeaux.
It was the wheat trade that motivated the construction of the canal. Colbert authorized the commencement of work by a royal edict of October 1666. Under the supervision of Pierre Paul Riquet the construction took from 1666 to 1681 during the reign of Louis X1V. The Canal du Midi is one of the oldest canals of Europe still in operation (the prototype being the Briare Canal. The challenges in these works are closely related to the challenges of river transport in modern times. The key challenge, raised by Pierre-Paul Riquet, was to convey water from the Montagne Noire (Black Mountains) to the Seul De Naurouze, the highest point of the canal.
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