Passy's Artesian Well

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In context : Back to the XIXth century at the West of Paris

(From : Villa Beauséjour). Go back to La Muette subway station and take de la Pompe street until de Siam street (on the left), which you'll take after a small detour through Jules-Janin avenue. Then turn right into Mignard street, cross Henri-Martin boulevard and reach the Square Lamartine and your destination.

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It's the last artesian well in Paris that is still in use today. He was set up in 1861, but was renovated in 1994. You may be able to see some of the neighbourhood's inhabitants coming over to fill their gallons with the well's water.

This water, by the way, may have a ferruginous taste, for the well pipes are made of iron. Drawing this water from a depth of about 600 meters, the well was also originally intended to be used to irrigate the rivers and  lakes of the nearby Bois de Boulogne. It is of course no longer the case, but says a lot about the scope of this well.

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