carved plate - "catacombes de paris" - catacombs of paris (off-limit area)

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carved plate - "catacombes de paris" - catacombs of paris (off-limit area)

Carved plate indicating location - Rue St Jacques sous l'hotellerie de la Herse (rue Saint-Jacques, under a hotel)

The "Saint" part of the street name was omitted during the French revolution when the plate was carved, and a small "st" (for Saint) was added later before "Jacques".­

Catacombs of Paris (off-limit area), about 20 meters (60 feet) underground, under Paris city center.­

This is a part of the 200 Km network of ancient tunnels not opened to the public, but regularly visited by trespassing urban cavers called "cataphiles".­ See more information in the album description.

This photo was taken using the 180mm Raynox fisheye extension.­ The barrel distorsion was later corrected in Photoshop using the Panorama-tools plugin filters.­

catacombs of paris
cave
hostellerie de la herse
hotellerie de la herse
hôtellerie de la herse
plate
sign
underground quarry
June 22, 2007