Briare aqueduct Pont-canal de Briare, Briare

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The Briare Aqueduct carries the Canal latéral à la Loire over the River Loire on its journey to the River Seine in France. It replaced a river-level crossing from the canal to meet the Briare Canal that was hazardous in times of flood. Between 1896 and 2003 it was the longest navigable aqueduct in the World until the opening of the Magdeburg Water Bridge.It is part of the Canal latéral à la Loire, not, as is commonly believed, the Briare Canal.HistoryThe Briare aqueduct near Châtillon-sur-Loire was, for a long time, the longest steel canal aqueduct in the world. The aqueduct is 662 metres long and lost its title of longest aqueduct to the Magdeburg Water Bridge which crosses the Elbe and is 918 metres long. The aqueduct was designed by the engineers Léonce-Abel Mazoyer and Charles Sigault. The masonry abutments and piers were completed between 1890 and 1896 by Gustave Eiffel and the steel channel was completed by Daydé & Pillé of Creil. The aqueduct was inaugurated on 16 September 1896 with the crossing of the boat Aristide, belonging to Ernest Guingamp. It allowed the development of transport to the Freycinet gauge between the Loire and Seine, and is a registered historic monument in France.
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  • The Briare aqueduct is a technological curiosity to discover, even if he's date from the 19th century. With its lamps of style he sports a certain solemnity. Along the channel, be careful not to walk close to the edge, there is no parapet.
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  • The canals, in the vast territory of France, were mostly in the past waterways, axes of communications and transport, and as such, overcome natural obstacles with all possible devices: closed systems for the slopes, and ... bridges on the rivers! Yes, why not? Can you imagine a channel that should stop to throw himself in the rapid current of a great river? And the boats? How can they cross it, and resume their placid sailing along the artificial waterway? In this issue we thought Eiffel, even that of the Tower, with a feat of engineering maybe more spectacular than the tower itself, but much less known: the bridge-Briare! The structure in steel girders bolted to a big bridge thrown on the placid Loire course, here already broad enough, and at the center of the bridge, between the two pedestrian sidewalks, street ... but not that of asphalt for carriages, but water for the transit of vessels! What can we say? Simply spectacular, as an idea, as a technical achievement, like landscape effect. Get there from the village walk, early in the morning, and proceed calmly to the end, then drive back: pause to look at the reflections of the structure on the canal water, lawns across the River, still immersed in the shadows, perhaps a flock of sheep that lazily starts moving among the grass, the crossing of the Loire under Blue Cross and blue channel over Briare, the Church at the bottom, in the mist of dawn ... Comprehensive landscape, spectacular lights, still wrapped in silence broken only by the squeaking of a local bicycle, or caring for a photographer, morning person like you ...
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  • A nice ride and not too crowded...! We enjoyed the accessibility and the fact that the navigation moderate on the aqueduct truly allows pedestrians to enjoy the place... Great family... outing!
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  • Most different place to visit ever. A must if you are a civil engineer!
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  • Amazing!
  • Very special construction work!!. Fun viewing. Walking over it to experience.
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