Heritage Walks - banks of the Garonne
The itinerary suggested offers the most beautiful views of the city and its river. Eighteen remarkable monuments are detailed here so that visitors can discover and arrive at a better understanding of the identity of Toulouse.
Carved out in the 18th Century in order to bypass the Bazacle causeway and link the Garonne with the mouth of the Canal du Midi, the Canal de Brienne forms part of the estate of the “Canal du Midi” that was listed by UNESCO in 1996 as a World Heritage site.
The States of the Languedoc commissioned this work in order to facilitate the transportation of merchandise. Surrounded by buildings, its starting point was set where the moat of the ramparts began. Built entirely from cut stone, the lock was designed in the oval shape selected by Riquet in 1670 for all the locks along the Canal du Midi. Supported ardently by the modernist archbishop Loménie de Brienne, who gave the canal its name, it was inaugurated on 14th February 1776. Nowadays it is a much loved spot for walkers, covered as it is by a canopy of leaves from trees that are hundreds of years old.