Cesse Aqueduct

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Pont-canal de la Cesse
Anjodi on the Pont Canal de la Cesse.jpg
The Cesse Aqueduct
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
Carries Canal du Midi
Crosses River Cesse
Locale Mirepeisset
Trough construction Masonry
Pier construction Masonry
Towpaths Both
Longest span 18.3 metres (60 ft)
No. of spans 3
Opened 1690

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]

Cesse Aqueduct dans le cinéma[edit]

In 1967, a scene from "Le Petit Baigneur" directed by Robert Dhéry, with Louis de Funès, was filmed a Cesse Aqueduct.

See also[edit]


  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. 

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