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Bonrepos-Riquet is a picturesque village of some 240 inhabitants which is located 22 kms north-east of Toulouse in the south-west of France.
It takes its name from its illustrious ancestor Pierre-Paul Riquet (1609-1680), famous for having designed and constructed the Canal du Midi or Canal Royal du Languedoc, a waterway which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean.
The village lies on the northern ridge of the Girou river on the edge of the Lauragais region. The Chateau of Bonrepos-Riquet with its domain of 29 hectares was the main residence of Riquet while he conducted his experiments, designed and built the Canal. His model of a section of the canal and its water supply (the “Machine Hydraulic”) still exists today.
Wishing to preserve its historic past the village has decided to take destiny into its own hands. In December 2007, it acquired the Chateau with financial help from the department of the Haute-Garonne and the Midi-Pyrenees Regional offices. Our aim is to preserve this significant Chateau and its grounds by restoring them to their past glory and advertising and opening them to the general public.
Our principal objective is to protect our inheritance and landscape for future generations.
We warmly invite you to discover Bonrepos Riquet….