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The etang de Montady

This is one of the places in Languedoc that is not to be missed.
It offers an unusual view of a green ‘sun’, just below the hill of Ensérune.

There are many sites worth exploring around this dried-up lagoon:
the Oppidum d'Ensérune, and the Malpas Tunnel are perfect examples of these.

Etang de Montady - Hérault le Languedoc © Henri Comte

The Montady ‘Sun’

© Photothèque Hérault Tourisme - Julie Noclercq

 

This site is remarkable for its wealth of archaeological finds. It is situated just below the Oppidum of Ensérune and was formerly a brackish marsh that was the source of many outbreaks of disease. It was drained in 1270.
Ditches arranged in the form of sun rays were built to make it possible to farm 420 hectares of land. The network of channels enables the water from the surrounding areas to drain towards the centre. The water is then fed
into the Clavilongue stream by means
of a 1,300 metre tunnel.
Today this ensemble survives as a masterpiece of hydro-agricultural engineering designed
in the Middle Ages.

From the Oppidum d'Ensérune the view
of the Montady ‘Sun’ is remarkable.

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