THE CANAL AND THE CANAL BRIDGE « CACOR »
XIXTH CENTURY ART WORKS
The Garonne Canal, built by Jean-Baptiste de Baudre in the 19th Century is the extension of the "Canal de Midi" built by Jean-Paul Riquet in the 17th century. It was built to facilitate the transport of goods such as flour to Bordeaux as the rivers Tarn and Garonne were not reliable throughout the year. Two interesting works resulted from the canal : the revolving St Jacques bridge and the Cacor Canal bridge.
The Canal bridge built between 1845 and 1847 is one of three canal bridges in France. Built in brick and stone, 356m long, it spans the river Tarn. 1200 boats cross it every year. Freight stopped in 2000, in spite of modernising works starting in the 70s, creating locks 40 meters apart to allow circulation for Freycinet barges and to liaise with the national network
How to visit ?
The bridge, 2km away from the center of town, can be reached by walking or cycling along the canal towpath : it is a pleasant and shaded walk. You can also drive along the Tarn and park at the foot of this imposing bridge. The view of Moissac at night is magnificient.