Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Le Regard de Saux


The Medici aqueduct, or Rungis aqueduct, was built on the orders of Marie de Médici, to deliver the water from the natural springs at Rungis, on the edge of Paris, into the centre of Paris itself. Commissioned in 1623, the aqueduct is still in operation. It is owned by the City of Paris and managed by Eau de Paris. 

The heavily graffitied Regard de Saux, with the Hôpital La Rochefoucauld behind.
The Regard de Saux, an access point on the Medici aqueduct, Paris. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Along the course of the aqueduct there are a series of elaborate manhole covers, called les regards, which mark the route it follows.  They are access points to the underground galleries, via a staircase. At each regard, the water passes through a basin whose purpose is to promote the oxygenation of the water and the deposition of impurities. Some of them, originally constructed in what were open fields, have been enclosed in private properties. Most of them, however, are located on the public road. They are supplemented at much closer intervals by 258 more discreet inspection hatches. 

The Regard de Saux, an access point to the Medici aqueduct, Paris. France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

This regard is number 25, in the grounds of La Rochefoucauld Hospital (an aged and palliative care facility), and visible from avenue René-Coty. The architectural style reference is to the Mausoleum of Cyrus at Pasargades.

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2 comments:

potty said...

The graffitification is such a shame. Did M d M do anything for the waste water of Paris?

Susan said...

No idea about the waste water I'm afraid.

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