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Facts About The Grand Canal Venice

The Grand Canal Venice locally referred to as Canalazzo is the largest canal of the city. It is the major waterway of Venice, Italy. It traces an s-course following a reverse natural channel from St. Mark basilica to St. Chiara church. It is 2.5 miles long, 225 miles wide and 6 feet deep and it divides Venice city into two. It links different points with many small canals.

Facts About The Grand Canal Venice

Facts About The Grand Canal Venice

A lot of the city’s transportation takes place in the Grand Canal Venice due the ban of cars everywhere in the city. The modern “Vaporetti” (public waterbus service) are the main transport for the people in Venice,  but the traditional gondolas are mainly preferred by tourists to dicover the city.

It is common to spot police and medical boats traversing the canal very fast. Goods and luggage are delivered by big boats named “topi”, the tradiotional boat to work and carriage. The dead are also transported to the main cemetery, Isola Di San Michele, through the canal using boats.

The Canalazzo is surrounded with over 170 buildings on either side. These include palaces, hotels, public offices and entertainment places. These buildings display ancient architectural styles including Gothic, renaissance and Romanesque. There has been a major effort in maintaining some of the famous palaces, the Ca’d’Oro of the Contarini family which was built in the 15th century being one example.

It was renovated in the 20th century and remains one of the most magnificent sites of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.

The Grand Canal is believed to follow an ancient river’s course that flows into a lagoon. Most historians suspect that this river could be a branch of the Brenta River. The original dwellers of the lagoon were anglers dwelling in stilt houses before the Roman Empire.

The new era and next Byzantine Empire led to increase in population with traders accessing the region. The Grand Canal was deep enough to be accessed by ships and as such preferred by traders.

This famous canal has four bridges with the oldest being the Rialto Bridge. This 16th century bridge is an artwork piece of Antonio Da Ponte. This bridge crosses the canal almost midway. An Accademia bridge was built in the 19th century with a wooden replacement following soon after in the 1932 as a temporary solution.

It was later reinforced with steel and another bridge, the Scalzi Bridge built later the same year to ease accessibility to the railway station. Finally, the constitution bridge was unveiled in 2008 linking bus terminus, railway station and Rome square complex parking.

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