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Bastille, Port de l'Arsenal


Bastille, Port de l'Arsenal

BASTILLE, PORT DE L'ARSENAL

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Bastille, Port de l'Arsenal
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Port de l'Arsenal

The Bassin de l'Arsenal (also known as the Port de l'Arsenal) is a boat basin in Paris. It links the Canal Saint-Martin, which begins at the Place de la Bastille, to the Seine, at the Quai de la Rapée. A component of the Réseau des Canaux Parisiens (Parisian Canal Network), it forms part of the borderline between the 12th arrondissement of Paris and the 4th.

From the 16th century until the 19th, an arsenal existed at this location. The arsenal accounts for the name of the basin and the name of the neighborhood, Arsenal, in which the basin lies.

After the widespread destruction during the French revolution, the Bassin de l'Arsenal was excavated to replace the ditch that had been in place to draw water from the Seine to fill the moat at the Bastille fortress. (The Bastille, of course, was destroyed in the events of 14 July 1789 and the days that followed.) During the nineteenth century and most of the twentieth, the Bassin de l'Arsenal was a commecial port where goods were loaded and unloaded. Separated from the Seine by the Morland lockgate, the port was converted into a leisure port in 1983 by a decision of the Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and it is now run by the Association for the Leisure Port of Paris-Arsenal. The basin is part of France's national Voies navigables de France (VNF, Navigable Waterways of France) system.

Since that time, it has been a marina (in French, a port de plaisance), for approximately 180 pleasure boats.

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