How did they construct the Suez Canal?
An extraordinary feat of civil engineering
The Suez Canal is an artificial waterway connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. At 193 km (120 mi) in length, the canal provides a crucial and more direct maritime route between the North Atlantic and northern Indian oceans, and is one of the most heavily used shipping lanes in the world. The canal took 10 years to build, and was opened in 1869. But how was such an ambitious and complicated civil engineering project accomplished? Click through this gallery and find out how they built the Suez Canal.
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