Photographer's Note

This photo was taken a year ago today in Villefrance-sur-Mer, France. One of the most unusual places there is the RUE OBSCURE. The Rue Obscure is a road that is located under the city. It is not built underground, but the buildings in this area were built over the road. All of the buildings, including houses, that are built here have access from this hidden road. The road was built this way to protect the towns people and allow them to travel unharmed during attacks during the towns more violent past. Evidently, the town was overtaken by the barbarians in the fifth century and the villagers fled to the hills. In 1295 the Duke of Provence was being threatened by the Turks and he asked the villagers to move back into the town to protect the town and to stop the Turks from gaining contral and attacking Nice. The villagers agreed, after they were given tax free status, hence the name of the town Ville(town or city) franche(without taxes) and the need for walkways through the city. * this information was gathered from an article I read on the internet titled "A Journey Through Belle France"

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