Thursday, 10 November 2011

Pavillon des filtres


This gorgeous little pavilion is a historic monument. Built at the end of the reign of king Louis the 14th, It was used for 2 centuries to filter the water from the Seine river for drinking purposes until the mid 1960s. Below a map of the water's course, including the 7 kilometres of underground aqueduct! At the time, it was quite a feat!

Le pavillon des filtres est un monument historique. Construit à la fin du règne de Louis XIV, il a servi pendant 2 siècles à alimenter les versaillais en eau de Seine filtrée et donc potable, jusque dans les années 1960. Ci-dessous le cheminement de l'eau, y compris par aqueduc souterrain de 7 km de long ! Une véritable prouesse technique à l'époque...

23 comments:

Olivier said...

il fait penser a un kiosque

Birdman said...

So simple. I'd shoot it, for sure.

ρομπερτ said...

Lebenslinie.

Einen tollen Donnerstag dir.

bfarr said...

Very interesting. We do find a way.

Lowell said...

Sometimes there is a tendency among us moderns (at least in my experience in the US) to think of people living hundreds of years ago as a bunch of dummies. That's not true and this is a good example of their abilities and skills.

Jack said...

It is an appealing little structure.

Regina K said...

I like the little tower structure at the top, the round object about that cute door and that brick wall. Wonderful.

SRQ said...

Wow...that really is amazing. Cute little building too.

Woody said...

That's quite a testament to fine French Engineering! I admire the feats accomplished before modern conveniences such as electricity.

Randy said...

I love that little building.

Dave said...

It must have been a good filtration process considering what was dumped in the rivers flowing through cities in that period.

claude said...

Very interesting !

Bergson said...

et puis au XX éme siècle l'eau fut livrée en bouteilles plastiques de 1,5 l

trop triste

Dina said...

It's so cute.
I'm always amazed how people of old managed these monumental tasks, like water supply.

Thérèse said...

des filtres d'amour?
Incroyable cette technique pour l'epoque. Cela me rappelle le livre de Diwo sur les fontaines.

Abe Lincoln said...

I think it is amazing that it is still standing and possibly in use?

Halcyon said...

Very nice! I like the light in this photo. Mysterious. :)

VP said...

I like any kind of pavilion and this one is really nice.

Andrew said...

A lovely little buliding to see. Many thanks for the information.

Lorelle said...

Fun to see the technical side of things to go along with the beauty of the little building.

Loree said...

Impressive. It's a very cute little pavilion too.

cieldequimper said...

@ Abe: it is retired now!

JM said...

How interesting!