Thursday, 9 August 2012

Gran Canale - Venice

Gran Canale

The banks of the Grand Canale are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date to 13th to the 18th century and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos. Because most of the city's traffic goes along the Canal rather than across it, only one bridge crossed the canal until the 19th century, the Ponte Rialto. There are currently two more bridges, the Ponte degli Scalzi and ponte dell' Accdemia
Gran Canale is the largest Venetian roads. This is just one of 177 channels that pass through the town. Its length is about 4 kilometers, it's wide about 30-70 meters and its depth is 4.5 meters. It spreads like a snake, actually reminds me of the River Thames in London. Hm, but that's another story. Mentioning London there's one interesting thing. In 1818th year Lord Byron swam across the whole canal, but then the channel was much cleaner than today.

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