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De Bosset waterway

De Bosset waterway

De Bosset Waterway is the first thing the visitor is to encounter when entering Argostoli, and the everyday venue for those who like fishing as well as an ideal place for a romantic walk where someone can enjoy a panoramic view of Argostoli. And if you choose to take this walk at night, then the view is truly spectacular.

It was constructed in 1811 by the English Commander Charles Filip De Bosset and was thus named after him. Till then communication with the opposite shore was achieved by boats crossing the marsh and through unhealthy conditions. Thus De Bosset decided to create the necessary infrastructure so that communication of the then isolated city with the rest of the island would be possible. Overcoming all the obstacles he threw himself to work and within one month he had created a wooden bridge that was supported by huge stones and later his successor Charles James Napier completed the construction. It got its final form 30 years later when it was renovated by baron Everton.

Half way through the waterway you will encounter the Obelisk, a monument constructed to express benediction to the British for their offer to the island. On the Obelisk there used to be the inscription “To the Glory of the Brstish” that was destroyed by the German conquerors of the island in 1940. Due to the partial collapse and the many damages caused by cars, the waterway is now open only to pedestrians.

 

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