This Former Secret Passage Is Now a Time Capsule of Naples’ Past

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Lost for decades beneath the streets of Naples, Italy, the Galleria Borbonica is a time capsule of the city’s history.

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The system of tunnels and caverns was originally created in the 1800s as an escape route for the city’s royalty.

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It was then abandoned until the early 1930s, when it was used as a storage facility for contraband vehicles.

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During World War II, it became a military hospital and bomb shelter. After the war, it was eventually sealed and forgotten until it was rediscovered in 2005. Fancy a tour?

Presently the tunnels are open for tours, and share with Catacombs of Naples the urge to go underground, and with much of Neapolitan constructions, a kinship with decay and fruitless architecture in Naples.

SOURCEGreat Big Story
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