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This Canal Wasn't Drained For 15 Years And When It Finally Was, This Is What They Found

By Mustafa Gatollari

Paris' Canal St. Martin is one of the French Capital's most iconic fixtures.

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It was originally commissioned by Napoleon in 1802 to provide Paris with a fresh, constant supply of clean water (aquatic-born diseases were big back in the day). The water was also used for washing city streets and the canal's passages were utilized by boats providing the city with food and supplies, but with the advent of cars and reliable indoor plumbing, the canal's usage stagnated.