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Canal de la Basse Colme

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Length  13 km (8.1 mi)
Branch of  Canal de la Colme
Start point  Bergues
Locks  1
Status  Downgraded.
End point  Hondschoote
Construction began  1293
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Connects to  Canal de Bergues, Canal de la Haute Colme

The Canal de la Basse Colme is a canal in northern France from Bergues to Hondschoote on the Belgian border. It is the eastern segment of the Canal de la Colme. In Belgium, it continues as the Canal de Bergues (in Dutch : Bergenvaart).

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Map of Canal de la Basse Colme, France

Today, this channel is downgraded.

History

In Châtellenie of Furnes, the name given to the channel was Bergenvaart or Kolme (Canal de Bergues Canal Colme). During the Middle Ages, the canal was a very important trade route. In 1622, it was improved and a lock was built by the Spaniards in time of war Houthem to prevent flooding from Bergues. The French side of the canal has been deepened and it looks like much more of an industrial canal. The Belgian side has kept its medieval character.

References

Canal de la Basse Colme Wikipedia


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