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Medieval glacial irrigation in Valais

Interesting (to me at least) article on the BBC website. As the article says near the end, something I‘d never heard of before, despite it being on the CHF 100 note.

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/2...fying-solution
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Re: Medieval glacial irrigation in Valais

The Swiss levada...used all over Madeira, too.
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Re: Medieval glacial irrigation in Valais

An earlier article on the same (s.t. paywall): https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/25/t...ng-bisses.html

From the original:
https://www.les-bisses-du-valais.ch/en/

And in the original:
https://bisses-valais.ch/musee-valaisan-des-bisses/
http://www.musee-des-bisses.ch/bisses
https://www.saviese.ch/fr/bisses-57.html
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Re: Medieval glacial irrigation in Valais

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Interesting (to me at least) article on the BBC website. As the article says near the end, something I‘d never heard of before, despite it being on the CHF 100 note.

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/2...fying-solution
I don't think it's as little known among the locals as the article wants to imply, at least the boomers will probably have had that at school. I grew up in the opposite side of CH, and remember that fairly well.

There's also a Swiss movie about it, An Heiligen Wassern (Sacred Waters), a drama where the protagonist gets to prove his worth and marry his love by securing safe water supply by replacing the ancient wooden aqeaduct (it keeps getting interrupted by avalanches, repairing often puts that man's life at risk) with a tunneled solution.
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