Étang de Montady

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Route de l`Oppidum, Colombiers, France

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Interesting if you are in the area Jun 08, 2012
In the 13th century the Étang de Montady or Montady Lake was described as “a foul lake whose stagnant waters spread death and disease far and wide”. In 1247 the local lords of the area decided to drain the lake.

Through drainage channels, water is fed to a main ditch, the Grande Maïre, that slopes away from the centre of the lake, becoming a 30 m deep and 1364 m long canal that goes under Malpas Hill. The water then runs across the former Poilhes and Capestang lakes to the Aude river.

The numerous drainage ditches run from the circumference of the lake to its centre forming a perfect geometrical design and looking like the rays of a vast sun. The drainage is still functional and remains in use.

The best view of the drained Montady lake and its radial design is best seen from the Oppidum d´Ensérune. The lake is located near Colombiers, midway between Béziers and Narbonne.
Étang de Montady (Montady Lake)
Étang de Montady (Montady Lake)
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