They found these 21 special things in a drained canal in Paris


What extraordinary finds!

Have you ever asked yourself what sort of stuff accumulates at the bottom of a canal after fifteen years? In early 2016, the Saint-Martin canal in Paris was drained for the first time since 2001, so that it could be cleaned. Over the years, the canal had become the home of quite a collection of special things. What they found? You’ll find out here.

Saint-Martin Canal

You cannot ignore it: the Saint-Martin canal. The canal cuts straight through the city of Paris, especially through the northeast of the city. Together with the Saint-Denis canal, it forms the connection between two parts of their more well-known family member: the Seine. The canal runs from the Place de la Bastille to the Bassin de la Villette and is about 4550 meters long. In 1802, Napolean Bonaparte had ordered the digging of the canal. The Saint-Martin canal was completed in 1825.


The canal is quite popular with both Parisians as well as tourists. It is a place where you can relax with a book during the day and enjoy a drink by the water at night. Unfortunately, a lot of trash is thrown into the water. That’s why, after fifteen years, it was time to thoroughly clean the canal in 2016. With many extraordinary finds as a result?

Curious to find out what they found in the canal? Continue reading on the next page.