Béziers Tourist Traps

  • View at Place de la Victoire in Béziers.
    View at Place de la Victoire in Béziers.
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  • Entering Allée Paul Riquet via Pl. de la Victoire.
    Entering Allée Paul Riquet via Pl. de la...
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  • The front facade of Le Théâtre.
    The front facade of Le Théâtre.
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    Allée Paul Riquet – The engineering genius.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 4, 2012
    Statue of Pierre Paul Riquet.
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    Laid out in 1827 following the line of the ramparts, the Allées Paul Riquet is the city’s main artery. It marks the limit between the old and new neighbourhoods of the city. For us also a nice place to have a refreshment. We did this at the Café "La Comedie" (26 Allée Paul Riquet) and learned that this is perhaps the oldest bar in town.

    After our nice stop we continued south and saw a statue of Pierre Paul Riquet (1838) which stands half-way down the avenue. On a plaquette we read that Pierre Paul Riquet was born in Béziers and he designed, built and paid for the Canal du Midi. It is now classed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Finally we made it to the end of Allée Paul Riquet and ended up at the Plateau des Poètes, which was clearly designed to complete the southern end of the Allée Paul Riquet. We saw trees, shrubs, flowers and plants from all over the world cover the huge plateau. Also some sculptures by the local artist Injalbert. The plateau was classed as a historic site in 1995.

    Address:
    Allée Paul Riquet, Béziers.

    Directions:
    Right at the city center, you can’t miss this large street / square.

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    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Historical Travel

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    Allée Paul Riquet – Le Théâtre.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 4, 2012
    The front facade of Le Th����tre.
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    Béziers became a Roman colony in 36 BC and formed an important staging post on the Domitian Way, the chariot road which traversed the whole of Languedoc on its way from Rome to Cadiz in southern Spain, developing into an important trade route. The wealth of this particular period still can be seen at the Allée Paul Riquet.

    After we finished looking at the Place de la Victoire we entered the Allée Paul Riquet at the northern side and stood in awe because of all those beautiful facades and of course the amazing building Le Théâtre. This beautiful theatre was built in 1844 and we immideately noticed the ancient façade. We were not able to enter it, but had a look via a small window and saw the interior decoration clearly an English-inspired foyer, a wooden, Italian-style auditorium. This “bonbonnière” (exquisite) theatre is the only work in France dating from that period to have kept its original style.

    Address:
    Allée Paul Riquet, Béziers.

    Directions:
    Right at the city center, you can’t miss this large street / square.

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    • Theater Travel
    • Family Travel

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    Allée Paul Riquet – Time here is rarely wasted.

    by Jerelis Written Jul 4, 2012
    View at Place de la Victoire in B��ziers.
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    For a longer period of time we stayed in Narbonne, which is close to Béziers. Exploring the surroundings of Narbonne brought us to Béziers, because it is perfectly situated for excursions into the Haut Languedoc, a rugged and untamed mountainous region of picturesque stone villages and cascading mountain streams. Although we learned that Béziers is one of the smaller and poorer towns of the region, we enjoyed the fact that time here is rarely wasted.

    Allée Paul Riquet is actually situated between the new districts and the old quarters. We reached it via a nice hike which we started at Boulevard d'Angelterre where we parked the car. Via that undergorud parking lot we made our way to Rue Porte Olivier and finally hiked way into the old town and it ended at the Place de la Victoire, where the Allée Paul Riquet starts. The exact translation of the square is “Victory Square”. It’s an impressive square with a nice fountain in the middle, surrounded by several beautiful baroque buildings. It’s a nice place to stop for a while and enjoy the vibe.

    Address:
    Allée Paul Riquet, Béziers.

    Directions:
    Right at the city center, you can’t miss this large street / square.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

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