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|It's Augustów Canal about Mikaszowka lake. photo taken just before sunset during my last visit this wonderful place.|
The Augustów Canal (Polish: Kanał Augustowski, [ˈkanau̯ au̯ɡusˈtɔfski], Belarusian: Аўгустоўскі канал) is a cross-border canal built in the 19th century in the present-day Podlaskie Voivodeship of northeastern Poland and the Hrodna Voblast of north-western Belarus (then the Augustów Voivodeship of the Kingdom of Poland). From the time it was first built, the canal was described by experts as a technological marvel, with numerous sluices contributing to its aesthetic appeal.
It was the first summit level canal in Central Europe to provide a direct link between the two major rivers, Vistula River through the Biebrza River – a tributary of the Narew River, and the Neman River through its tributary – the Czarna Hancza River, and it provided a link with the Black Sea to the south through the Oginski Canal, Daugava River , Berezina Canal and Dnieper River. It uses a post-glacial channel depression, forming the chain of Augustów lakes, and the river valleys of the Biebrza, the Netta, the Czarna Hancza and the Neman, which made it possible to perfectly integrate the Canal with the surrounding elements of the natural environment.
The reasons behind the construction of the Augustów Canal were both political and economic. In 1821 Prussia introduced repressively high customs duties for transit of Polish and Lithuanian goods through its territory, which practically blocked the access of Polish traders to the Baltic Sea through the Vistula River. In 1822 the Kingdom of Poland was granted commercial autonomy from Russian Empire's customs area. In the years 1823-1839 a waterway was constructed, bypassing the Prussian territory, intended eventually to link the center of the Kingdom of Poland with the Baltic seaport of Ventspils. This goal was relinquished due to unrest caused by the 1830–1831 November Uprising against Russia and revised trade agreements with Prussia.
The completed part of the Augustów Canal remained an inland waterway of local significance used for commercial shipping and to transport wood to and from the Vistula and Neman Rivers until replaced by the regional railway network. The canal is currently a conservation protection zone proposed by Poland and Belarus for inscription onto the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
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- [2011-09-07 10:57]
Jak wy to robiciue ze macie taka spokojna wode.Bardzo interesujace i ladne zdjecie kanalu Augustowskiego.Bardzo dobra kompozycja i kadr.Ostrosc i kontrast doskonale dopasowany.Pozdrawiam Siggi
- [2011-09-08 5:00]
Interesting documentary shot. I didn't know about this canal which linked with other rivers and Canals Poland to the Black Sea. It seemed to have been a major construction for the time and must be today an interesting biotop to look at your shot.
So thanks a lot for this original subject.
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting Paolo
Piekny jest ten kanal augustowski. Zarowno Twoje jak i Lucji zdjecia pokazuja piekno tej czesci naszego kraju. A ja tam nigdy nie bylem :)
Piekne kolory i bardzo dobra atmosfera.
Krystaliczne powietrze. Wspaniale podswietlona glebia krajobrazu.
Lubie takie strzaly z cienia.