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L'aqueduc de Maillé
the small village of Maille where the Canal of the Jeune Autise crosses
the Vix Canal is one of the treasures of the marshes, the Aqueduc de
Building an Aquaduct bridge (also known as a canal bridge) is proof of
great technical skills, permitting as it does two water courses to cross
each other, isolated by a submerged tunnel.
The works were undertaken between 1654 and 1662 upon the completion of
drainage works in the marshes of Vix. The aqueduct is part of a fast
hydraulic network comprising of the Vix canal, the channelled River
Jeune Autise and the Contrebot at Vix.
It is here at this confluence that the Jeune Autise disgorges the marsh
waters as it crosses the heart of the aqueduct. The canal de Vix
receives the waters of the reclaimed marshes as it passes through the
submerged tunnel, and in this way the Hydraulic energy and the large
volume of water are skilfully controlled.
During 2009/10 a major reconstruction of the aqueduct walls was
undertaken. Now fully restored it is worthy of a closer look to marvel
at this inguinious piece of engineering.
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