The St. Martin canal in Paris is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful waterways. The canal’s construction was ordered by Napolean in 1802 to bring fresh water into the city. But as the city grew the canal was put under immense strain
Today, this 4.5km long canal has also become one of the dirtiest waterways in the city.
The canal was cleaned for the first time since the year 2001 and removed over 40 tons of debris. A lot of wine bottles were included in it. But what they found apart from the debris was quite shocking.
Thousands of artifacts were buried in the canal. They ranged from fascinating to bizarre. People seemed to have abandoned bikes, mopeds into the canal. Some of these have been thrown in quite recently, but most of the artifacts seem to be old.
These artifacts were mostly everyday objects, but they carried a historical value. For the workers who were cleaning the canal, it was as if diving into the city’s rich past.
The cleaning was witnessed by many residents of the city. They just couldn’t get enough of what kept coming out of the water
Before the canal was drained, the workers moved over 4 tons of fish to a different location. Among the artifacts discovered were some newer technology equipment such as smartphones and some very old cameras. Artifacts from the First World War were also found.