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to Link the Eastern Mediterranean
Region to the Red Sea by Water:
The Egyptian Canals Which
Preceded the Suez Canal
The Ptolemaic canal followed the same route as Darius' canal. The Ptolemies alleged that Darius' canal was never built, but a stone statue of Darius was found in Iran which was made from Egyptian stone. That statue could only have been transported out of Egypt by water.
Initially the canal was 8 meters deep but this was increased to 24 meters. The width is 205 meters. Access canals in the north and south have added about 30 kilometers to the canal length.
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