Dried Up Lake - Mantua

Simon

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I have lived in the province for quite a long time and understand that once Mantova had a 4th lake which dried up a number of years ago.

As I visit Mantova frequently, I am still puzzled as to where the 4th lake actually was located.

Anyone have an idea?
 

Rosie

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From what I understand after a short Google search, there was indeed a fourth lake, Lake Pajolo, which dried up in the 18th century.
So, until 200 years ago, there were 4 lakes that surrounded Mantua, like a ring of protection, something like that.

It used to be something like this:

awww.napoleon_series.org_images_military_battles_1799_Mantua_Mantua2.jpg


Pretty cool :)

The lake was artificial, from what I've read, and was created in the 12th century., and I think it dried up because of the siege of Mantua, back in 1796.
 

Simon

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Thanks Rosie for the image,that really helps me understand more about the dried up lake. It actually stretched further out than I imagined!

It's quite amazing to see that Mantua was once a city of two islands.