10 World Famous Canals

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Stockholm Canals

Through the Stockholm city center runs the “Vasa” canal. There are many refurbished areas around the canal, which are places you should definitely take note of. This canal is sometimes referred to as the “vasa” canal to acknowledge its connection with the 17th century warship that sank in the canal.

The canal is most famous for its ice-skating and shopping, but it also offers a lot of cultural attraction. Inside a magnificent baroque building, the “Aspang” theater hosts concerts, exhibitions and plays and special events from time to time.

The Aspang building was built in 1722 by Jacob van Campen, and it is considered to be one of his finest works. This classic building is a great example of a baroque grand palace. The bridge that spans over the canal is an extraordinary achievement in both art and engineering.

The Aspang building was built in 1722 by Jacob van Campen, and it is considered to be one of his finest works. This classic building is a great example of a baroque grand palace. The bridge that spans over the canal is an extraordinary achievement in both art and engineering.

Alappuzha

Canal: Alappuzha Canal is also known as Amrit Canal in Kerala, India. It is a canal which connects the Arabian Sea with Kochi backwaters. It is one of the most important canals in Kerala, which facilitates transportation and trade in the city. It is also the second longest canal in Asia after the All-India Mina-Sulfate of Soda Canal. The canal covers a total distance of 64.14 km.

The canal was constructed between 1882 and 1889 to address the problem of frequent flooding in the city. It is located in Kerala, south India.

The canal has a total length of 64.16 km. It is created at Alappuzha. The canal links different areas through the beautifully constructed and impressive network of channels through connecting canals, backwaters and rivers. The town of Alappuzha shares its western boundary with the canal. There are many bridges on the way of canal which were built by the public works department and some of them were built by famous artist and architect Francis Day. There are many famous sightseeing places to visit in the canal so if you have time try and explore them.

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Nan Madol

Micronesia:

Nan Madol has been one of the world’s most important archaeological sites since the 1970’s, when the first shipwreck and artifacts were discovered. The site is located on a tiny islet west of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), divided into four main sections: the Ancient Aground zone, the Mother’s Rock island, the Underground Rock City and the Pyramid Rock zone. The ancient city is said to have been built between the thirteenth and seventeenth centuries as a spiritual center for the rulers of the area.

It is believed that the stone structures were carved to look like temples. The city was made up of a series of artificial islands, and consists of stone pillars connected by stone bridges between the artificial islands. Nan Madol has become a focal point for archeological study in the region.

Suzhou Canals

The Suzhou Canal is located at the outskirts of Suzhou, a city in China’s Jiangsu Province that is located in the middle of the Yangtze River Delta and is situated about 150 kilometers southeast of Shanghai. It was originally constructed in 758 AD during the Northern and Southern Dynasties period by the Tujue people (盧多準). The Suzhou Canal was extended in 1250 and is still in use today.

The canal became a major contributor to the growth of the city and the surrounding community. As Suzhou became more of a commercial center, its goods were transported by water through the canal.

More recently, Suzhou was chosen to host a number of high technology companies including Dell, Seagate, Cisco, Motorola, LG, Fujitsu, Volvo, Hitachi, Ingersoll-Rand and many more.

The canal is one of the larger canals in the country with total length of 182.4 km, of which 145.7 km are artificial waterways with an average water depth of 16…m. Of the total length, 82.8 km are navigable by small-scale ships (up to 15 tons).

The Suzhou Canal is one of the four major east-to-west canals in China, the other ones are the Grand Canal, Huai River Canal, and Three Gorges Canal.

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is an international waterway in the form of a six-mile-long (10.8 km) artificial waterway in Panama that connects the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade.

The Panama Canal Authority administers the Panama Canal as an international toll canal. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade, allowing ships to bypass the Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America and the shortest sea crossing between North and South America.

Hoi An

Vietnam: The Bamboo Raft

Photo by: Jnester

« Every tourist who visits Hoi An, Vietnam, wants to explore the old canals. However, very few have actually tried to explore the canals little by little.

But do you know what? The canals surrounding Hoi An are absolutely amazing, and one of the best way to explore them is by floating on a bamboo raft!

The Hoi An Bamboo Raft is a fantastic way to discover the beauty of this ancient city.»

« You also can ask the tour guides to give you a private tour of a certain place. This tour is much more comfortable and much more interesting. In fact, this is not a general tour, but a really personal and specific one with a great point of view!

Canals of Bruges

Belgium.

Bruges (pronounced /brʏgəs/ in English, [ˈbruːgəs] in Dutch) is a historic city and a municipality located in the Flanders region of Belgium. The historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bruges is the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders. The municipality comprises the city of Bruges proper and the separate town of Sint-Pieters-Winkel. Bruges is located on the Portuguese border, about 80 km west of Brussels and 30 km from the English Channel. Bruges has a small seaport and is the country’s biggest city in terms of area.

Canals of Amsterdam

The original canals of Amsterdam were made during the Dutch Golden Age, as the running water provided a barrier between the city’s inhabitants and the fenland. The stagnant water of the fenland and of the lakes near the mouth of the Rhine river provided breeding grounds for mosquitoes. These insects carried epidemics of malaria that reached an exceptionally high level in Amsterdam, and as many as one-quarter of the inhabitants died in a single year of the disease.

Canals of Venice

In 1630, work started on the project of building a ring of very long canals around Venice, Italy. Over the next decades, the Duke of Venice, Francesco Grimani, ordered the building of the first canal “the Grande Canal,” a 150 kilometers long waterway.

The canals were used to transport salt and other goods to the city of Venice.