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In Pictures: 18th-century tunnel discovered in Geneva

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In Pictures: 18th-century tunnel discovered in Geneva
The city wants to build public access to the tunnel. Photo: Matthieu de la Corbière

The 30-metre-long underground passage dating from the early 18th century was part of the old fortifications surrounding the city-state.

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Discovered by chance by municipal employees working at rue de l'Athénée, the brick tunnel belonged to "a unique underground defence system", which dotted Geneva from 1718 to 1730, according to the press release issued by the city this week. 


Photo: Matthieu de la Corbière

At the time, Geneva had nearly eight kilometres of underground fortifications. They were so secure that in the event of an attack by enemies, "the garrison could circulate safely under the city".


Photo: Matthieu de la Corbière

Many of these fortifications were demolished in the 19th century, as widespread urban expansion of Geneva was under way.


Photo: Matthieu de la Corbière

The city wants to build public access to the tunnel, officials said.

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