Built on two affluents of the Lee River and surrounded by canals, Cork is the third biggest city in the country. A rebel and a popular city, Cork has always fought against British oppression. It exudes fresh sea air and the exuberance of its people. It is impossible to overlook the Protestant church of Saint Anne in the Shandon district which is renowned for its candle snuffer bell tower. The district has maintained its authenticity with its numerous old alleys and gaudy old shops. Saint Patrick's Street, which is a covered canal, is the most exciting street. The old town, the March, situated west of the popular Coal Quay market, maintains its originality and perpetuates the Gaelic culture.