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These Secret Tunnels Under Naples Are Full Of Old Cars And War Relics

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These Secret Tunnels Under Naples Are Full Of Old Cars And War Relics

Beneath the streets of Naples, Italy runs an elaborate network of tunnels built by paranoid ruler Ferdinand II of Bourbon back in the 1800s. This was his secret escape route should the people riot.

Tunnel construction began in 1855 with work proceeding slowly due to the limited tool technology. Workers used hand tools like picks, hammers, and wedges. The light was supplied by candles and torches.

In 1859, just four years after construction began, the project was halted due to the death of Ferdinand II. The tunnels were then closed off until World War II when the subterranean network became a holding place for military equipment and as well as bomb shelters for citizens.

After the war ended, the tunnels collected forgotten objects: cars, motorcycles, appliances, and even pro-fascist marble statues. The tunnels were soon abandoned again and subsequently forgotten. This lasted until 2010 when they were again unearthed and restored.

These days, the tunnels are open to the public as the Galleria Borbonica. Visitors are welcome to wander the hallways, peruse the vintage cars, or even take an adventure tour that involves rafting down a flooded subway tunnel.

Via Amusing Planet

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