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November 3, 2008
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert 340261 34150
Herault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.733 3.550 128 m

Submerged by Hérault river, strengthened and sinkable mill of Plancameil, said mill of the Tower, 12th century.

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The Tower is surrounded of various buildings of the 18th century; turn of trapezoidal plan on five levels: room of flour-milling, attic, staff waiting room, pigeon.

Abbey of Gellone in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, had an important real estate of which the sinkable and strengthened mill of Plancameil, mill clothier in XVe and XVIIe centuries then mill with corn and fullers with XVIIe and XVIIIe centuries.

Herault is a coastal river of south of France of 160 km length. It takes its source in the department of Gard, in the Solid mass of Aigoual to 1228 m of altitude. It is thrown in the Mediterranean in Agde in the department of Herault. It crosses a catchment area of 2900 km². Its very irregular flow is of 52 m3/s on average annual, but can reach 4000 m3/s at the time of strong risings.
After having been a descending torrent of the important slopes, it slips and is boxed in a valley bored in limestones of causses, then is spread out a little in the coastal plain. Its very irregular course and sometimes very violent one is not easy to domesticate. One finds however there some anciens moulins oubliés, built like fortresses to resist the fury of his spectacular risings.

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, in occitan Sant Guilhèm dau Desèrt, is a French common located in the department of the Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 245 Saint-Guillaumois, distributed on 39 km², that is to say 6 hab./km².

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert which counts among Plus Beautiful villages of France, is classified, since 1999, Grand National Site.
The abbey of Gellone, is registered today with the World Inheritance by the U.N.E.S.C.O., the title of the Ways of Saint-Jacob de Compostelle in France.

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