The pedestrian tunnel in Antwerp

In the city of Antwerp there are no bridges that cross the river scheldt. However there are some interesting small tunnels underneath the river. One of them is the a pedestrian tunnel. In the 1920's the works for the tunnel under the river "shelde" started and in 1933 tunnel was completed, they called it the "Sint Annatunnel".

The pedestrian tunnel was designed by the local engineer, "Emiel van Averbeke", and consists of a 572 metre tiled cylinder which crosses under the river at a depth of 32 metres.

The tunnel runs from the "Sint Jansviet square", at the end of the Hoogstraat, in the city centre to the "Sint Anna" left bank and is accessed via wooden escalators which were considered an engineering masterpiece at the time.

The tunnel now is still used by pedestrians and cyclists and the speed limit is 5 km per hour. The other side can be reached in about five minutes.

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