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Huge mural on the Piney dam

N 4525.546', E 431.649'
2017-10-05
Our rating: 7.40
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There are few interesting dams in the La Valla-en-Gier municipality. We visited the most unknown, but at the same time the most unusual. There is no information about this dam on the internet, so this article will be useful for travelers.

The Piney dam was built in 1953 to solve the water supply problems in the region. In 1996 there was a flood, which displaced the dam by 7 millimeters. Not much, but essential for such a construction. It was decided to lower the water level in the reservoir by 4 meters to reduce the load.

But this was not enough. Therefore, it was also decided to also an additional hole in the middle of the dam, which would allow faster drainage during floods. During the drilling of the wall, it was discovered that the internal structure was significantly damaged. In 1959 the Malpasset dam built according to the same scheme was destroyed, hundreds of people were killed. Therefore in 2000 the Pinet dam was closed.

Piney dam
Piney dam Yuriy Buriak

Now it can be visited, there is no protection, the entrance to the dam is free. The place is very interesting and absolutely unknown. In 2017 French artists (ELLA & PITR) drew a huge graffiti dedicated to the problems of refugees.

Piney dam
Piney dam Yuriy Buriak


Piney dam
Piney dam Yuriy Buriak

The previous photo was taken from the drone. But it is possible to see the graffiti from the ground. You need to go over it to the other side of the canyon, turn right and follow the path to the nearest hills. The path is indicated on the next map.

Piney dam
Piney dam Yuriy Buriak

Getting there: Only by car. On these coordinates (N 45 25.485 E 4 31.448) there is a turn on the dirt road. Drive 100 meters and there will be a small parking place for 2-3 cars. From this place to the dam is 50 meters.
Tags, France: height, observation deck, river, unusual buildings

Tags, all countries: height, observation deck, river, unusual buildings
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