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The canal Saint-Martin: photo description (Canal Saint-Martin)

The canal Saint-Martin is not too known to tourists, but extremely picturesque waterway of Paris. Its feature is that by going on a boat trip from the North-East of Paris, the boat with the traveller emerges magically in the heart of the city, on the Seine, half a kilometer from the Ile Saint-Louis.

The channel is part of the water supply system, construction of which began Napoleon. The fact that at the beginning of the XIX century, Paris was experiencing a terrible shortage of water. In the hot summer Hay is sometimes dried out, and then the townspeople had tight. Bonaparte decided to implement the idea by Leonardo to Vinci on the construction of the canal connecting a tributary of the river Marne, the river Ourcq, Seine.

Project and supervision of works was entrusted to the engineer Pierre Simon Girard, who accompanied the Emperor in the Egyptian campaign. The end had already at the time of the Emperor Charles X, to Finance the construction had to be introduced in Paris special wine tax. As a result, the zucchini Montmartre and Montparnasse, which was located outside the city limits, found a competitive advantage has been a rapid development in these areas.

The canal not only provided the capital with water, but became its new shipping route. Saint-Martin is finishing four and a half kilometers of the canal de l'ourcq, stretching nearly a hundred kilometers. However, it is in line with the short Saint-Martin, between the Seine and the place de La Bastille is the port of the Arsenal, which can accommodate up to 180 vessels.

When in the XX century Saint-Martin lost its economic importance, it wanted to fall asleep and make a highway, but the public was outraged, the channel survived.

Today at Saint-Martin, there are only pleasure craft. The journey from the outskirts to the centre starts from the square in Stalingrad, from the rotunda de La Villette, where was the Outpost at the entrance to Paris. The shore quickly converge almost to the width of the boat. Above the water hang the humped pedestrian bridges. The neighborhood is not touristic, the atmosphere is almost around the village: small bars, grassy slopes, embankments, quietly and sleepily.

The waterway nine times interrupted the old gateways. The Boulevard Jules ferry channel dives into the tunnel. Two kilometers along the hollow tube and pleasure boat emerges into the sunlight outside the place de La Bastille. And here's the Hay!