Cities of the Underworld

Season 2 Episode 4

Viking Underground

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2008 on The History Channel
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Viking Underground
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Dublin, Ireland is much more than a city full of pubs and pints. Burial tombs, defense tunnels, and mysterious burial crypts line the underground below the rolling hills.
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      • There are no snakes in Ireland – aside from those in zoos or as pets. In fact, the newt is Ireland's only indigenous reptile.

      • The Irish tricolor flag was designed to reflect the country's political realities. Orange stands for Irish Protestants, green for Irish Catholics and the white stripe for the hope that peace might eventually be reached between them.

      • Montgomery Street in Dublin was once the largest red light district in Europe, with over 1600 prostitutes plying their trade

      • The term "hillbilly" comes from Ireland. In the 1600s, southern Irish Catholics started calling Protestant supporters of King William "hillbillies," or "billyboys." Americans adopted the term for the northern Irish immigrants.

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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.

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