• LOCATION 5 | Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    Rue de la Tombe-Issoire

    Rue de la Tombe-Issoire on Paris audio tour Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages

    You made it! Let's keep walking in the same direction and into Paris proper.

    Please stay on this side of the pavement, and follow the single line of trees going away from the boulevard. To you right is a large modern building covered in slats, to your left, on the other side of the street, is another large modern building with a giant diagonal staircase going all the way across the building.

    You may be wondering how the giant water pipe under your feet ends up in Parisian homes?

    Well, we are now heading towards the Fort Knox of water, the water bank of the left bank: the réservoir de Montsouris.

    You may remember that the pavillon is the only place where the public is allowed anywhere near an aqueduct. The réservoir de Montsouris is so precious that no visitors have been allowed inside since the 2015 terrorist attacks across Paris. If Paris' water supply were totally shutdown, this single reservoir would be enough to quench the thirst of one-third of all Parisians for one day. So to prevent it from ever getting poisoned or polluted, its entire block is surrounded by cameras and barbed wire, and we can't go inside. I mean people with a body can't, but I'll try my luck, you'll see. If you like unique architecture, it's a beautiful compound, and if the season is right you'll even get to taste its water!

    Keep walking, ahead of you will be a pedestrian crossing leading to a small traffic island with a playground.

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Highlights Around Parc Montsouris: From Hidden Water to Secret Villages