The Paris Sewers Museum, recently reopened after modernization works, has caught the attention of tourists.
Entered through a manhole near Pont de l’Alma, the museum showcases an unprecedented side of the French capital.
While it is known to historians that before the Middle Ages, water from the Seine was used in Paris, after use this water was dumped onto the streets or fields, returned to the river, and then reused.
Around 1200, the first floors in the city began to be built with sidewalks and sewers, and in 1370 the first closed sewer system was built.
With Napoleon came the first fully enclosed canal system, covering an area of 30 kilometers. In 1878, a double water distribution network and a sewage system extending more than 600 kilometers were built.