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Parisian Sinkholes Revealed City Built on Nothing

Constant Wonder
  • Apr 15, 2021 6:00 pm
  • 30:19
Homes, people, and streets were swallowed up by sinkholes in the 18th century, so architect Charles-Axel Guillaumot fearlessly led a team in mapping and reinforcing the weak foundations of Paris. The tunnels that once terrorized Parisians became a sacred site as they were dedicated as catacombs. Guest: Ian Boyd, PhD candidate in the French section of Modern & Medieval Languages and Linguistics at Cambridge