Les Egouts (Sewers), Paris

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Pont de l'Alma, opposite 93 quai d'Orsay 01 53 68 27 81

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    Sewer Tour
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    Paris Sewers

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 18, 2006

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    '...Paris has another Paris under herself; a Paris of sewers; which has its streets, its crossings, its squares, its blind alleys, its arteries, and its circulation, which is slime, minus the human form'.

    (Les Miserables, Jean Valjean; Book II, ch.1)

    Paris' first sewer was built in the 1200's: this ws an open trough that ran down the centre of the cobbled road. It was not very effective and contributed to the spread of diseases such as the Black Death. Over the next 400 years the sewer system expanded greatly, becoming underground in the process, and draining into the Seine River.

    Napoleon Bonaparte finally brought the sewer system of Paris up to speed. The sewers have been (and still are) a popular tourist attraction. They used to have a 'roller coaster type' mechanical cart, built for tourists to ride in even! haha

    There is even a Sewer Museum in Paris!

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    Ignore all that High art

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2006

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    Human mole emerges from the Paris sewers

    ...Paris has another Paris under herself; a Paris of sewers; which has its streets, its crossings, its squares, its blind alleys, its arteries, and its circulation, which is slime, minus the human form.

    (Les Miserables, Jean Valjean; Book II, ch.1)

    Visiting the sewers of Paris has been a popular pursuit of tourists since the days of Victor Hugo. Visiting art galleries to view high art and improve one's mind is all very well, but it can't really compare to the pure boyish delight of looking at engineering in the raw with the added attraction of floating turds.

    It was Haussmann (along with building everything else in sight) also overhauled the city?s long-neglected water supply and sewer system. Haussmann dubbed his main sewer ?Cloaca Maxima?, after one of the oldest Roman drains.

    The engineering on display, including some very clever methods of cleaning the pipes are on display at the sewer museum. You get to see one of the most important sections of the system, although I was disappointed not to see lots of disgusting stuff floating by. If pay my 3 euro 80c I want to see some real filth - never mind I'll find it in the Pigalle instead.

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    Take a City Sewer Tour

    by Albernfrau Written Jan 21, 2006

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    This is definitely a different type of tour. It was pretty amazing to learn about the history of the sewer development in Paris. The tour was all underground which was fun. It wasn't smelly in my opinion. No line ups for this tour.

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