Paris Underground is a life lived by the Cataphiles. secret holes below the streets that lead to a world of surprise and dark fun. You will find pubs, fresco, graffiti, sculptures and lot more to this travel route of secrecy and awe.
<ul><li>Photographer Stephen Alvarez of NAT
GEO explores the vast network of underground Paris perhaps the best known of France's subterranean architecture, an estimated 6 million bodies are piled in these catacombs, transferred from the cimetieres des saints-innocents from 1780 – 1860 . </li></ul><ul><li>His works document an entire world of lakes, gold vaults, catacombs, and tunnels, and the people who regularly shift between the surface and nether worlds. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Paris's underground world is inhabited
by a host of impermanent residents, ranging from the inspectors who verify the stability of the city's foundations to the students and artists who make up the 'cataphile' populace of people who enjoy exploring the underground . </li></ul>
<ul><li>Some underground locations are open
to the public, including the catacombs, a museum documenting the history of the french sewer system, and the ancient ruins that lie beneath the louvre and notre dame. by contrast, entering the city's quarries and forgotten tunnels has been illegal since 1955, but many still explore the subterranean networks, creating maps of the regions or cobbling together their own secret rooms. a Cataphile explains: ' we do what we want here. we don't have rules. many people come down here to party, some people to paint. some people to destroy or to create or to explore . ' </li></ul>
Graffiti art has been a
tradition in the Catacombs dating back to the 18th century. Cataphiles uphold this tradition by painting on and carving into the tunnel walls and leaving tracts, drawings, information and humor that they hide in various places for each other to find and collect. In this photo, a graffiti artist sprays new work onto one of the walls. He agreed to have his photo taken only if his face was hidden A fresh mural painted on a Catacomb wall. One of hundreds of paintings on the rock walls of one of the tunnels.
In most urban areas, exploring
the underground infrastructure on your own could land you in some serious trouble with the law. But there are plenty of safe and legal ways to experience la vie sous-terraine (THE PARIS UNDERGROUND)
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