Museum commemorates 100 years of Prague Sewer
It was around this time 100 years ago that the modern sewer system of Prague was completed and went into operation. The Eco-technical Museum commemorates the event with tours run by well informed volunteers.
Led by tour guide Martin Slovik, I walked through labyrinthine passages into enormous brick caverns that were veritable underground cathedrals, with elliptical shafts stretching towards circular skylights. The utter precision required to construct such a complex structure must have been formidable, for its effect upon the eye is awe-inspiring.
Upon the tour's completion, I asked Martin why the museum decided to commemorate the sewer.
"Because it's its 100 year anniversary, and it was actually a very important step in Prague's history from a technical point of view. It was one of the most advanced sewer works in Europe at that time, so it is definitely a thing to celebrate.."
"I think it was founded in 1991 because at that time this was an abandoned building, and no one was here. They were only using part of the separation basins up until the 1980s. Some people found this place interesting and wanted to make something out of it, because there was protected machinery and everything was in good shape. So that's how it started, with a few people as a hobby and it's still some kind of hobby for all the people here."
The museum is holding tours of the sewage works between the hours of 10am and 5pm daily, with the 100 year celebration concluding this Saturday.