French commune

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maire=Gilles d'Ettore
intercomm=Hérault Méditerranée
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Agde is the commune in the Hérault department in southern France that is the Mediterranean port of the Canal du Midi. Its inhabitants are called "Agathois".


Agde is located on the river Hérault, 4 km from the Mediterranean Sea, and 750 km from Paris. The Canal du Midi connects to the Hérault at the lock ("L'Écluse Ronde d'Agde") just above Agde and empties into the Mediterranean at Le Grau d'Agde.


Agde ("Agathe Tyche", "good fortune") was a 5th century BCE Greek colony settled by Phocaeans ofrom Massilia. The symbol of the city, the bronze "Ephebe of Agde", of the 4th century BCE, recovered from the fluvial sands of the Hérault, was joined in December 2001 by two Early Imperial Roman bronzes, of a child and of Eros, which had doubtless been on their way to a villa in Gallia Narbonensis when they were lost in a shipwreck.

In 506 the Council of Agde was held at Agde.


Agde is known for the distinctive black basalt used in the local architecture, for example the cathedral of Saint Stephen, built in the 12th century to replace a ninth century Carolingian edifice built on the foundations of a 5th century Roman church. Bishop Guillaume fortified the cathedral's precincts and provided it with a 35-meter "donjon". The Romanesque cloister of the cathedral was demolished in 1857.


ee also

* Cap d'Agde, the seaside resort of Agde
* Ancient Diocese of Agde
*List of traditional Greek place names

External links

* [ Agde Town website]
* [ Agde Tourist Office]
* [ Agde (official site)]
* [ Agde has one of the biggest naturist centres of Europe]
* [ Richard Stillwell, ed. "Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites", 1976:] "Agatha (Agde) Hérault, France"
* [ Recent undersea find of bronzes]

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  • AGDE — (Heb. אקדי or אגדי), town 13 mi. (20 km.) E. of Béziers in southern France. Jews are mentioned in Canon 40 promulgated by the Council of Agde held by the church there in 506. By the middle of the 13th century Jews had settled permanently in Agde… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Agde —   [agd], Stadt im französischen Département Hérault, Hafen an der Mündung des Canal du Midi in den Hérault, 17 500 Einwohner;   Wirtschaft:   Mittelpunkt eines Weinbaugebietes; Fischerei, Fremdenverkehr.   …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Agde — (spr. agd ), Stadt im franz. Depart. Hérault, Arrond. Béziers, am Fluß Hérault, 4 km von seiner Mündung ins Mittelmeer, Knotenpunkt an der Südbahn, am Fuße des erloschenen Vulkans von St. Loup (Mont d A.), hat eine alte Kathedrale, Haudelsgericht …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • Agde — Agde, das alte Agatha, Kolonie der Massilier, am Herault und der Mündung des Südkanals, in geognostisch merkwürdiger Gegend, 8500 E., Hafen, Handel, Weinbau, Fabriken in Seide, Liqueur, Grünspan u.s.w …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • agde — AGDE, Ville au païs de Languedoc lez la mer dict par sincope et antiptose du Latin, Agatha, ciuitas prouinciae Narbonensis secundum mare mediterraneum …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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