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Béziers

(bāzyā`), city (1990 pop. 72,362), Hérault dept., S France, in Languedoc. A communications and industrial center with an important trade in wines and liqueurs, it has ironworks, breweries, and factories making a great variety of products. An episcopal see from the 4th cent. to 1802, Béziers was involved in numerous religious wars. During the Albigensian crusade (see under AlbigensesAlbigenses
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) it was taken (1209) by Simon de Montfort; a horrible massacre followed. Béziers has a noted cathedral (13th–14th cent.) and some old churches.
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Must sees for free Visit Cathedrale Saint-Nazaire et Saint-Celse de Beziers, the 13th century, Roman Catholic cathedral.
The flight: Fly from Manchester to Beziers with Ryanair.
Neath copped a substantial fine from European rugby's bosses and also had to contend with a compensation demand from Beziers for the extra two days and nights that the French outfit spent in Wales.
The move, which was announced by European regional airline Flybe and Beziers Cap d'Agde airport, was welcomed by the Beziers Congres convention bureau, which is the sole provider of services for companies looking to rent conference & meeting rooms or reception venues in Beziers.
The airline said that flights to Rimini and Beziers will start from GBP15 and GBP26, respectively.
Bath have lost only once in three competitions this season - to Newcastle in the Premiership last October - and Beziers are not expected to halt their progress towards the semi-finals.
Beziers scrapped their way to a 13-11 win in Ireland but Connacht's first-leg triumph in France was enough to see them progress courtesy of a 29-23 aggregate win.
Beziers launched a storming finish but the Neath defence just about held out.
Beziers showed all their Gallic flair during the closing stages as they looked for an all-important try, but the Neath defence just about held out.
On their next attack Australian centre Rod Kafer burst through the midfield and despite a couple of Beziers players trying to grab his jersey forced his way over at the posts.
Beziers, having lost to Leicester last week, made eight changes and produced an enterprising start.