Cesse Aqueduct

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Pont-canal de la Cesse
Anjodi on the Pont Canal de la Cesse.jpg
The Cesse Aqueduct
Carries Canal du Midi
Crosses River Cesse
Location Mirepeisset
Trough construction Masonry
Pier construction Masonry
Number of spans 3
Longest span 18.3 metres (60 ft)
Towpath(s) Both
Opening date 1690
Coordinates 43°16′48″N 2°54′55″E / 43.28000°N 2.91528°E / 43.28000; 2.91528Coordinates: 43°16′48″N 2°54′55″E / 43.28000°N 2.91528°E / 43.28000; 2.91528

Cesse Aqueduct (French: Pont-Canal de la Cesse) is one of several aqueducts, or water bridge, created for the Canal du Midi. Originally, the canal crossed the Cesse on the level. Pierre-Paul Riquet, the original architect of the canal, had placed a curved dam 205 metres (673 ft) long and 9.10 metres (29.9 ft) high across the Cesse in order to collect water to make the crossing possible; the aqueduct replaced this dam.

The Cesse Aqueduct was designed in 1686 by Marshal Sebastien Vauban and completed in 1690 by Antoine Niquet. Master mason was John Gaudot.[1] It has three spans, the middle being 18.3 metres (60 ft) and the side being 14.6 metres (48 ft) each. It is located in Mirepeisset, Aude (11), Languedoc-Roussillon, France, about one mile from the port town of Le Somail. [2] [3]

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  1. ^ "Nicolas Janberg's Structurae article on Cesse Canal Bridge". Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Rolt, L. T. C. (1973). From Sea to Sea: The Canal du Midi. Allen Lane. pp. 122–129. ISBN 0-7139-0471-2. 
  3. ^ Mukerji, Chandra (2009). Impossible Engineering: Technology and Territoriality on the Canal du Midi. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-14032-2. 
Pont-Canal de la Cesse
The hotel barge Anjodi crossing the Cesse River on the Canal du Midi.
Side view of Anjodi crossing the Cesse. Here, you can see the Cesse River running underneath the Canal du Midi.

Eastern Approach