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On our first walk in Narbonne we noticed the beautiful Canal de la Robine immediately, because we parked our car nearby. Just a walk alongside it did't made us realize that this canal was handmade and had a specific reason why it was made. We found that out later. The reason is as followed: Narbonne fell into a slow decline in the 14th century, due to a change in the course of the Aude River. Eager to maintain a link to important trade, the people of Narbonne began a very costly work trying to keep the Aude River's linked to the sea so that it would remain navigable to vessels.
This major undertaking resulted in the construction of the Canal de la Robine, which was finally linked with the Canal du Midi via the Canal de Jonction in 1776. In the 19th century, the canal system in the south of France came into competition with an expanding rail network, but kept some importance due to the flourishing wine trade. Therefore Narbonne managed to hold on to its vital but limited importance as a trading route.
Address: Canal de la Robine, 11100 Narbonne.
Directions: Just south of the old city center.
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