Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht

Brief description

The historic urban ensemble of the canal district of Amsterdam was a project for a new ‘port city’ built at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th centuries. It comprises a network of canals to the west and south of the historic old town and the medieval port that encircled the old town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city’s fortified boundaries, the Singelgracht. This was a long-term programme that involved extending the city by draining the swampland, using a system of canals in concentric arcs and filling in the intermediate spaces. These spaces allowed the development of a homogeneous urban ensemble including gabled houses and numerous monuments.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1349

I have visited Amsterdam. When you are there, its lovely to wander along narrow streets and cross the many canals. Its only in an aerial photo though that you can fully appreciate the structure of the city.

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Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System

Brief description

This 16th century aqueduct is located between the states of Mexico and Hidalgo, on the Central Mexican Plateau. This heritage canal system encompasses a water catchment area, springs, canals, distribution tanks and arcaded aqueduct bridges. The site incorporates the highest single-level arcade ever built in an aqueduct.

Unesco WHS list ref: 1463

I have never visited this site.

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Canal du Midi

Brief description

This 360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art.

Unesco WHS list ref:  770

I have visited parts of this French site many times, most recently at Beziers, where we saw the impressive staircase of locks, and Le Somail, where we took a short boat trip along a classic tree lined stretch.

We saw this certificate by the lock staircase:

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From my collection

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Canal du midi 1 – map

 

 

Rideau Canal

Brief description

A monumental early 19th-century construction covering 202 km of the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers from Ottawa south to Kingston Harbour on Lake Ontario.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1221

I haven’t visited this site in Canada

From my collection

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The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut)

Brief description

The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre are industrial monuments of the highest quality. Together with the canal itself and its associated structures, they constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape.

Unesco WHS list ref:  856

I’ve never visited this part of Belgium.

From my collection

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal

Brief description

The 18 kilometre long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century.

Unesco WHS list ref:1303

I’ve never visited, although my sister went over the aqueduct in a narrowboat with my 2 small nephews…. gulp – holding on tight I’m sure!!

From my collection

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