Canal du Faux-Rempart

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Canal du Faux-Rempart
The Canal du Faux-Rempart and Pont de la Fonderie
Length2 km (1.2 mi) [1]
Locks1 [1]
StatusOpen to trip boats only
Date of first use13th century (defense work)
1840 (for navigation)
Beginning coordinates48°34′50″N 7°44′18″E / 48.580649°N 7.738251°E / 48.580649; 7.738251Coordinates: 48°34′50″N 7°44′18″E / 48.580649°N 7.738251°E / 48.580649; 7.738251
Ending coordinates48°35′00″N 7°45′26″E / 48.583389°N 7.757156°E / 48.583389; 7.757156
Connects toRiver Ill [1]

The Canal du Faux-Rempart, also known as the Fossé du Faux-Rempart, is a canal in the centre of the city of Strasbourg in eastern France. The canal connects at both ends to the River Ill, thus surrounding the Grande Île that lies at the historic centre of the city.[1][2]

The canal was originally an arm of the River Ill. Initially the bank on the inner, or city, side of the arm was fortified. In the thirteenth century a further wall was built along the middle of the channel; this fortified wall became known as the Faux Rempart or false rampart. Between 1831 and 1832, the mayor Frédéric de Turckheim removed the Faux Rempart in order to "allow a spacious navigation channel and freight transport within the city." In 1840, the canal was opened to navigation.[3][4]

In its 2-kilometre (1.2 mi) length, the canal is crossed by 13 bridges, and passes through a single lock. Navigation is officially restricted to passenger trip boats only, which operate frequent circular cruises round the Grande Île and through the historic Petite France district of the city.[1][2][5]


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  1. ^ a b c d e McKnight, Hugh (2005). Cruising French Waterways, 4th Edition. Sheridan House. ISBN 978-1-57409-087-1.
  2. ^ a b McKnight, Hugh (2013). Cruising French Waterways, Kindle Edition. Adlard Coles. p. 115. ISBN 9781408197967. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  3. ^ Alsace (in French). Strasbourg: Hachette-Guides Bleus. 1990. p. 439.
  4. ^ Livet, Georges; Rapp, Francis (1987). Histoire de Strasbourg [History of Strasbourg] (in French). Toulouse: Privat. p. 308. ISBN 2-7089-4726-5.
  5. ^ "Strasbourg" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 24 September 2015.