"The southern crossroads of Europe" so read the signs when you arrive by car. This slogan is just as valid today as it was during Roman
times when the town was founded.
< Narbonne Town Hall
A small section of this ancient road has been uncovered in the square in front of the town hall, you can still see the ruts made by the wagon wheels over two thousand years ago, and ponder upon what those wagons carried and to where. (Interestingly the width between these ruts is 4'8½" (1m43) which was the gauge adopted for the railways in Britain, the USA, and many other countries, but that's another story!).
|The canal beneath this bridge is the canal de la Robine, and joins Narbonne to
Port La Nouvelle, this connection permitted Narbonne to become one of the major Mediterranean ports during the 12thcentury.|
In the other direction the canal connects with the Aude river (formally the "Atax") and then, via the canal de Jonction, to the Midi Canal, which in turn joins Toulouse and Sète.
Alongside the canal in the town centre are Les Halles, a covered market open every morning of everyday of the year, except Christmas day, for the sale of local fresh produce. Cheeses, Fish, Vegetables, Fruit and Meat in abundance.
On the Townhall, there is a Webcam which gives a general view of the square in front of the townhall, and in the centre is the exposed section of the old Roman road, the "Via Domitia".
Narbonne is also supposed to be the birthplace of St.Sebastian, and there is a small church dedicated to him not far from the town hall.
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