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    RiveroftheWest

    The city of Constantinople had -- & used up to at least the 15th century (InAnatalya might know better than me) a clean water supply. 15th century visitors were fascinated by the underground reservoir, which is located near the Hagia Sophia church.

    It was one of many visible reminders over the following centuries of a possible better physical standard of living.

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      Alas, it took until the early 19th century for clean public water supplies to be standard in European cities.  London, Rome, Paris, Prague...they were all filthy, with sewage in the gutters and on the streets, contaminated water, and periodic epidemics of water-borne diseases like typhus, cholera, and dysentery.  I mean, even Versailles, the visible sign of French royal power, was designed without a sewage system or water closets, and that was the 17th century.

      This isn't freedom. This is fear - Captain America

      by Ellid on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 07:48:58 AM PST

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