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Blah blah Venice….Hmm, interesting.

venice-200.jpgI have not paid much attention to Venice.

What I knew was that it is famous for having canals instead of roads, and nice buildings.

I also knew that it has had to rely on tourist money for hundreds of years, since got replaced as the regional super-power.

What I just learned, which is more interesting, is that….

… it did an awful lot of hydrological engineering to maintain its superpower status in the old days, including diverting major rivers to prevent its moat – the Lagoon – from silting up and providing causeway for invaders.

Take a look at the interactive map of Venice here (click on evolution on the right), where you can look at the area in different eras (click on the dates on the left).


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