The St. Annatunnel in Antwerp

In the city of Antwerp, there are no bridges that cross the River Schelde. However, there are some interesting small tunnels underneath the river. One of them is a pedestrian tunnel, the St. Annatunnel.

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In 1920 the works started and in 1933 the tunnel was completed. The tunnel was designed by the local engineer, Emiel van Averbeke, and consists of a 572 meter tiled cylinder that crosses under the river at a depth of 32 meters.

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The tunnel runs from the St. Jansviet Square, in the city center to St. Anna left bank and is accessed via wooden escalators which were considered an engineering masterpiece at the time. The tunnel is now used by pedestrians and cyclists, it has a speed limit is 5 km per hour. The other side of the tunnel can be reached in about five minutes.

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