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Journal des Savants, june 7th, 1688

Let's talk about Narbonne


An enchanting world stretches out before your eyes upon your arrival to the historical heritage city of Narbonne.

Leaving the lock , the Canal passes beneath houses in city centre build on the Merchant bridge , unique bridge in France with houses build on it! This 9 arches bridge of Roman origin was then called the " Pont Vetus ". It was part of the Via Domitia, the antique road built to carry goods from Italy to Roman Spain . Eight of the nine arches were filled up and are now privately owned by the residents of the houses build on the bridge.

In the centre of town, the port is one of the most beautiful on French inland waterways and offers all the commoditys for a lengthy stay.
The " horreum" the ancient storehouse in the only remaining building from the Roman era in the city centre. The structure of the building with axially aligned galleries onto which a series of chambers open out is very interesting and illustrate the time when the town was the first Roman colony outside Italy. One should visit the following museums :
The Art and History Museum is located in the XIIth century old archbishop' s palace . One may admire the notable art collections assembled here from local excavations .
The Lapidaire Museum, the Horreum and Archeological Museum holds important collections of prehistoric, protohistiric and Gallo-Roman works of Art.
In the Domaine de l'Hospitalet there are 16 exihitions to visit , ( flora, wine and vine , harnessing and old motor cars , fauna etc?), art work-shop and seminars are at your disposal. Catering and lodging are possible on the premise.
The Saint Just and Saint Pasteur Cathedral both form a notable architectural whole of Gothic Art, unique in France. From the North tower there is a panoramic view of Narbonne.
The paleo-christian Basilique Saint Paul built on what was once a vast necropolis is(...)


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