Canet

 

Even though Canet is situated in the plain, its history is marked by water. The village to the East is edged by the river Hérault, to the North by the river Lergue and to the south by the Dourbie which is also crossed by three streams: the Garel, the Leiutre and the Grange.

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 Canet, suspended bridge over the Hérault - JPEG - 12.4 kb
Canet, suspended bridge over the Hérault
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The building of a « villa » talked about right from the 9th century can undoubtedly be explained by the existence of a ford. In the 12th and 13th centuries Canet was part of the domain belonging to the Guilhem family of Clermont, whereas the bishops of Lodève held the church of Saint-Martin.

The hospitallers of Saint-Jean of Jerusalem (from the commandery of Nébian) also owned a barn at Canet. The actual village, which has a remarkably regular plan, was completely rebuilt either at the end of the Middle Ages or in more recent times. During the 19th and especially the 20th century, Canet began to change and spread itself out. New constructions engulfed the ramparts and the gate of the road going through the town was demolished. The interaction between the surrounding towns and villages became easier due to easier access over the Hérault with the suspended bridge, whose construction began in the 19th century.

To see

  • A new village
  • The church of Bethleem
  • The « griffe » (the village fountain)
  • The tower of Saint Martin
  • The suspended bridge over the river Hérault

Canet which is on the river Hérault and surrounded by vineyards, is a lively village with attractions all year round. At the “Domain de la Dourbie” wine-tasting and concerts take place in a magical setting in the heart of the vineyards. On the banks of the river Hérault, there is fishing, for enthusiasts.

Site of the Town Hall: www.canet-herault.com

Pictures

Canet, suspended bridge over the Hérault - JPEG - 80.3 kb
Canet, suspended bridge over the Hérault

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The Tower of Saint Martin - JPEG - 97.8 kb
The Tower of Saint Martin

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Ramparts of the ancient tower at Canet - JPEG - 93 kb
Ramparts of the ancient tower at Canet

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The Tower of Saint Martin - JPEG - 88.2 kb
The Tower of Saint Martin

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Canet, Place de la République - JPEG - 158.5 kb
Canet, Place de la République

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Canet, Gloriette - JPEG - 191.7 kb
Canet, Gloriette

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Canet, tower ramparts at - JPEG - 151 kb
Canet, tower ramparts at

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