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France » Centre » Briare
From Paris to Briare: 2h30

Not far from:
» La Charité sur Loire (45mn)
» Cosne Cours sur Loire (25)
» Clamecy (60mn)
» Saint Fargeau (30mn)

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Just 240 miles from Paris, 120 from Auxerre, Nevers and Bourges this town on water is easy to get. This ancient feudal castle, now the Town Hall, was modified by the Lords of the Canal which had set up their head quarters there. The metal canal bridge, built with the help of the engineer Eiffel, is the longest in Europe 669,62 meters). It allows to cross the Loire river and to pass from the left minor canal to the Briare canal. The ancient lockkeeper's house once belonged to the Boutheroue brothers who founded the Lords of the Canal Company to by boat, train, business flights and highways. A wonderful history of man, rich and strong, relations between "down to earth men" and those from the river, from the canal that you will discover during your visit. In the mid 19th century, the renowned inventor J.F.Bapterosses turned the art of mosaic and enamel into an industry, which made the town of Briare famous Throughout the world. Canal wharf is situated in the town centre on the oldBriare canal 17th century. Equipped with 48 anchorage rings he is the departure point of all water activities.

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