The Mighty Abandoned Lock of the Masurian Canal

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Gaunt and forbidding, this abandoned lock and the crumbling shells of its associated structures were never repaired after sustaining heavy damage during World War Two.

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Built along the Masurian Canal connecting Russia’s Lava River to Lake Mamry, one of the Masurian Lakes in Poland, the concrete lock represents part of a modernisation programme enacted during the early decades of the 20th century.

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The canal, which was originally built between 1764 and 1776 by Johann Friedrich Domhardt, formed an important defensive barrier between the German and Soviet armies during World War Two.

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But the damage it sustained during the war was never rectified and today the mighty lock is an abandoned relic of a bloody epoch.

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Located near Georgenfelde in Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast, the bland yet dominant structure makes for a compelling subject for historians and urbex photographers.

Keep reading – Explore 20 Impressive Military Abandonments of the World

 

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