The Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, France, is a popular tourist attraction. It’s right in the middle of the City of Love, surrounded by boutiques and restaurants, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world. The canal was built by Napoleon Bonaparate in the 1800’s to irrigate the city with fresh water, at a time when cholera and dysentery were an epidemic in the city. The canal also served as a way to bring food and other essential supplies into Paris.
The canal is so iconic that it has inspired writers and artists to produce some of their most well-known works. It was a lovely sight, until recently, its dark secrets have been unearthed, when an initiative to clean up the canal was carried out.
What the people of Paris saw kept underneath the canal are quite shocking.