Cities of the Underworld

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Quotes (38)

  • Eric Geller: Walk anywhere in the city of Istanbul and you’re walking on top of the past. Dig anywhere beneath the streets and you’ll uncover thousands of years of hidden history. Most historic cities have been extensively excavated, but in Istanbul archaeologists have just barely scratched the surface. On our quest to peel back the layers of the city’s buried past, there’s no telling what we’ll find. There is an entire world beneath our feet, layers of history left behind by the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. We’ll bring the cities of these fallen civilizations back to life and empires will rise from the ashes once again. We’re peeling back the layers of time to uncover the cities of the underworld: Istanbul.

  • Eric Geller: Underneath Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh a hidden world lies in darkness. A world of lion’s dens, seedy vaults, and paved over plague ridden streets. This modern metropolis is literally supported by over ten centuries of its dark past. From secret Masonic meeting places and illegal whiskey distilleries to rumored underground sex parties and massive dungeons and even a possible resting spot for the Holy Grail, Edinburgh’s underworld is a secretive city of its own. We’re peeling back the layers of time to uncover the cities of the underworld: Scotland’s sin city.

  • Eric Geller: Walk anywhere in today’s Berlin and the remains of Nazi Germany are just beneath your feet. Berlin was the battlefield of the 20th century and today sealed up and forgotten beneath its streets are the secrets of this city’s past. From the megalomaniacal visions of a madman buried beneath this park, to a bomb proof subterranean city abandoned next to today’s modern Metro, it’s a time capsule of terror. And believe it or not I’ll start it innocently with beer. I’ve been given special access into Berlin’s sealed off underworld to find out how the world up above doesn’t crumble into the one abandoned down below. We’re peeling back the layers of time to uncover Hitler’s underground lair: Berlin.

  • Eric Geller: Look around the modern city of Rome and the remains of the world’s greatest empire still stand tall: the Coliseum, the Forum, the Pantheon. But there’s another side to ancient Rome, a Rome left behind not by the Emperors, but by the commoners. Their world may not have been deemed worthy enough to save but it’s still here, buried up to 200 feet beneath today’s city streets. From a built over subterranean temple used by a mysterious pagan cult, to an entire sports stadium covered up by the pavement of Rome famed Piazza Navona, to one of the world’s first fire stations, built by the hands of slaves and buried beneath this house. There’s an entire city left beneath the modern one and it’s buried by nearly 2,000 years of dirt and debris. We’re peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Rome’s hidden empire.

  • Eric Geller: Million of people visit the Eiffel Tower, explore the Louvre and roam the Luxembourg Gardens every year, little do they know that beneath their feet lies a world of secret hideouts and endless labyrinths. From off limits underground Nazi bunkers turned graffiti dens to an ancient Roman city buried beneath the Notre Dame and even an underground cavern made entirely of human bones. Paris’ underground is a vast system of tunnels filled with dark secrets and hidden pieces of the past. I’m teaming up with Paris’ underground fanatics to uncover the subterranean city lurking below the City of Light. We’re peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: Paris: Catacombs of Death.

  • Eric Geller: Dig beneath the fancy hotels and modern construction sites and you’ll see Hungary’s capital city of Budapest is hiding a colossal underground kingdom. A dark world of ancient caves and subterranean seas. From the invading Mongols, the remains of the Romans, the Turkish takeover and the bloody battles of World War II, Budapest has seen over two millennia of war and destruction. But while most cities were building castles to the sky, Budapest was engineering its kingdom in the underworld. With the help of expert guides, we’ll find the narrow passages and unlock the doors that hide the secrets to constructing a city of caves. We’re peeling back the layers of time to uncover Budapest, the subterranean city of caves.

  • Eric Geller: The streets of New York are always busy night and day, but that’s nothing compared to what’s going on below then. From hidden rivers to a classified, off limits train station below one of New York’s most famous hotels, we’ll see the city’s deepest, darkest secrets that you won’t find on any blueprint or map. New York has an underground city like no other. The modern skyscrapers above conceal a world of engineering marvels, century old aqueducts and even a massive structure that was a prime target of the Nazis. We’re peeling back the layers of time on Cities of the Underworld: New York.

  • Eric Geller: Look under London’s busy streets and you’ll find more than just dirt, you’ll find another city. From forgotten underground rivers to an ancient Roman complex, two millennia of London’s turbulent past are closer than you think. Lost bunkers, ancient churches and secret burial crypts are all hidden underground. And even London’s most famous leader Winston Churchill had a top secret subterranean lair. We’re peeling back the layers of time to reveal London’s lost cities.

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  • Don Wildman: Over thousands years Dublin, Ireland has been a brutal combat zone, a bullseye for raiding tribes and powerful empires. But the same forces that repeatedly sacked the city also made it the city it is today. From an underground Viking waterway and the scariest tombs older than both the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge to a deep, dark cave that was the site of a Viking slaughter and a grisly crypt preserving the secrets of these ancient mummies and even a link to the legendary Knight's Templar. Just beneath Dublin's busy streets and pubs are the scars of its violent past.

Trivia (81)

  • Rose Street in Edinburgh was not named after the flower. It was named for the activity practiced there. To “pluck a rose” meant to “pick up a prostitute.”

  • The burnt ashes of a dove’s dung was one of the most popular cures for baldness in 17th century Edinburgh.

  • Cockfighting, the most popular sport in Scotland in the 18th century, was banned from the streets of Edinburgh after huge crowds of spectators brought traffic to a halt.

  • The name Berlin is Slavic for swamp.

  • Hitler’s own nephew, William Patrick, served against him in WWII as a Medical Corpsman in the U.S. Navy.

  • Hitler was a dedicated non-smoker and reportedly promised a gold watch to any of his close associates who quit.

  • Hitler’s favorite movies were King Kong and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

  • The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during WWII killed an elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

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