Grand Canal in Venice (Italy) - canal connecting Piazzale Roma with st. Mark canal
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Venice is built on a thousand islands, between which you can move gondolas called "traghetti" or bridges, four of which connect the channel: bridge Ponte degli Scalzi , the Ponte dell'Accademia bridge, the Rialto bridge and the Ponte della Costituzione bridge (designed by Santiago Calatrava) built in 2008.
Until the 14th century, only one bridge connected both banks of the Grand Canal, it was the Rialto bridge.
The Canale Grande snakes for four kilometers from the train station in the north of the city to Punta della Salute in the southeast.
The width of the channel is from 30 to 90 meters, and its depth reaches 6 meters.
Being on the Grand Canal you can admire 170 buildings built along its shore, among them: sixteenth-century palace Ca 'd'Oro, Palazzo Dario , the church of Santa Maria della Salute, Fondaco dei Turchi, Ca 'Gustinian, Ca' Rezzonico museum, Ca 'da Mosto and St. Mark's Square.
Most of the canal buildings were built between 1200 and 1700.
It is said that the Grand Canal flies a route that in ancient times flowed across Venice.
On the first Sunday of September, the channel hosts the race of historic regattas. The first such race took place in the fourteenth century.
Venice consists of hundreds of small canals and islets, the Grand Canal is the largest of them. 60% of traffic in Venice uses this channel.
Altogether, the Venetian canals cross about 400 bridges that connect 118 islands.
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