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This biaf, or underground canal, for several centuries existed only in the memory of the people from this area and their stories that many considered to be myth and not true. After some more serious research it was found in the year 2000. The canal was almost entirely full with mud and dirt, only top 60 to 70 cm was free. The volunteers from Brissac-Quincé and nearby places had to crawl inside in order to clean it. It took them about two years of hard work in the darkness, water and dirt to clean the canal. Its original purpose was to supply fresh water to the castle (château de Brissac). The canal's base is made out of slate, the main building material in that part of France, and water flowing there is good to drink. Approximately in the middle there is a shaft connecting the biaf with the castle.

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