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A sewer Museum: photos, description (Musee des Egouts de Paris)

In the Paris sewer Museum, you can in detail to get acquainted with the history of the struggle of the metropolis for the cleanliness and sanitary safety. Not the best topic for small talk, but a huge problem for any big city.

It is well understood by the Romans: under the ruins of the Roman baths in the Latin quarter discovered a sewer pipe. With the fall of the Roman Empire, the Parisians forgot about sanitation, liquid waste splashed just in the street ditches. In the year 1131 in the market of Greve black pig overturned the horse of king Philip, the Young monarch fell into a pile of excrement and a day later died. Open drains were sources of infection and a terrible stench.

In 1370 the Provost of Paris, Huh Abrio built the first real sewer system - vaulted tunnel under the Eiffel tower. When Louis XIV built a large ring sewer pipe on the banks of the Seine. Under Napoleon, drainage capital consisted of 30 km of tunnels.

These changes began when the prefect of Paris, Baron Haussmann. Engineer Eugene of Belgran have developed advanced Sewerage system and water supply. However, he decided to use the old tunnels, scored a century of dirt. 200 free tunnels cleared themselves Parisians: it was a rumor spread about alleged treasures here. By 1878, the sewer network of the city increased to 600 km.

Today, the Paris sewer system and wastewater treatment is one of the largest in Europe. Beneath the city laid a 2100 km of tunnels, which have become the mirror image of streets on the surface: they have the same names and the same numbering of houses.

The sewer Museum is located in underground galleries near the Alma bridge. For visitors the ramps are arranged, on which you can walk along the current collectors. Fans deliver fresh air. Visible, the existing system of flood protection square the Resistance, liner the streets of Cognac-Well, the collector Avenue Bosque.

Today, the Paris sewer controlled by computers. But at the stands of the Museum you can see the equipment used by the sewer cleaners in the past era, and even weapons found in the tunnels.