Cities of the Underworld

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Sunday 9:00 PM on The History Channel Premiered Apr 23, 2007 In Season

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  • Alcatraz Down Under

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    S 3 : Ep 13 - 2/9/09

    Beneath the sunny façade of Sydney, Australia lies a dark past. Built on the backs of convicts, gold miners and outlaws, this nation forged its freedom from the depths of the underground. Explore Australia's Alcatraz, the 19th century prison that housed Sydney's most threatening criminals. Travel deep into a complex of natural caves that sheltered a gang of escaped outlaws, and the gold mines that produced both riches and the birth of the worker's movement.moreless
  • Gods of War

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    S 3 : Ep 12 - 2/2/09

    Lying at the crossroads of the East and West, Turkey has a history marked by conquest and conflict. Empires clashed over this land and its trade routes, leaving behind a rich mythology of gods and men, and tales of epic battles that soaked Turkey's soil in blood.moreless
  • Tomb of the Lost Mummies

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    S 3 : Ep 11 - 1/26/09

    The urban sprawl of Cairo, Egypt belies its history as one of the world's oldest civilizations, where the Pharaohs' ancient secrets lay hidden deep below the vast deserts of the Nile. Explore the massive engineering might of the oldest structures in the world, and learn how they survived a long history of invasions by the Greeks, Romans and Turks.moreless
  • Under the Rock

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    S 3 : Ep 10 - 1/12/09

    While most people think of San Francisco as a haven for peace-loving hippies, this city by the Bay is actually one of the biggest military defense installations in America. Go beneath its picturesque hills and uncover the biggest ammunitions depot on the West Coast before plunging into a deadly arsenal that once stored nuclear missiles with more than six times the destructive power of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. From the secret Civil War fortification buried beneath Alcatraz to the human trafficking tunnels winding below Chinatown, San Francisco's underground is evidence of its sordid past.moreless
  • Secret Holy Land

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    S 3 : Ep 9 - 12/22/08

    Ethiopia is home to some of the oldest settlements in the world. This cradle of mankind is a country born from legend and shrouded in mystery. An ancient home to both Jews and Muslims, Ethiopia is also the world's second oldest Christian nation. But if you were a Christian during ancient times, and if you wanted to stay alive, the only place to practice your faith was underground.moreless
  • Gladiators: Blood Sport

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    S 3 : Ep 8 - 12/15/08

    The gladiators of ancient Rome were the ultimate fighting machines. They waged bloody battles to the death for the entertainment of the masses--and to earn their freedom. From the depths of the vicious and magnificent Flavian amphitheater, to the buried brothel where they lived their last days, these are the secret lives of Rome's famed slave warriors.moreless
  • Land of Manson

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    S 3 : Ep 7 - 12/7/08

    He was the mastermind of the most notorious murders in U.S. history. He terrified the world and plunged the city of Los Angeles into a state of paranoia and fear. He's Charles Manson, and the deserts around Los Angeles were his home--where he hoped the underground would be his haven. But Manson and his followers weren't the only dangers lurking beneath the streets of LA.moreless
  • Barbarian's Lair

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 12/1/08

    After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe was plunged into chaos for centuries, with vicious carnage and rampant disease regularly raging through the streets. However, below the streets was another world designed to keep the people alive and the enemy guessingmoreless
  • Hitler's Trenches

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 11/23/08

    World War I was the bloodiest war the world had ever seen. A young Adolf Hitler served in the trenches and tunnels of Belgium's Western Front. Explore the subterranean web where 24,000 Allied soldiers waited to ambush the enemy, to the indestructible fortress that endured thousands of bombs daily. Discover the underground that made World War I one of the most brutal wars in history and turned Hitler into the terrifying madman of World War II.moreless
  • Secret Sin City

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 11/16/08

    Journey to the secret underground of Las Vegas.
  • Real Mafia Underground

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 11/9/08

    Travel to Sicily to trace the mafia's roots back to a vigilante secret society in an underground network that was created to hold trials against corrupt city officials and execute the accused.
  • Tunnels of Hell

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 11/2/08

    Discover the tunnels that made the Battle of Okinawa so difficult.
  • City of Blood

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 10/26/08

    Travel back to London and the tunnel network that has existed since Victorian times.
  • Secret Soviet Bases

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    S 2 : Ep 13 - 5/5/08

    Deep within the former Soviet Union lays a classified, subterranean world of Cold War secrets.
  • Katrina Underground

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    S 2 : Ep 12 - 4/28/08

    Learn how New Orleans is rebuilding itself for the next "big one."
  • Stalin's Secret Lair

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 4/21/08

    Stalin's terrifying legacy: a subterranean web is so vast modern Moscow is in danger of caving in.
  • Washington DC: Seat of Power

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    S 2 : Ep 10 - 4/14/08

    Learn about what goes on underneath the streets of our nation's capital.
  • New York: Secret Societies

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    S 2 : Ep 9 - 3/31/08

    New York City is the biggest city in the country, but it's got some dark secrets. Founded by covert groups, overrun with gangs and mob bosses, and ruled by secret societies, this is the true foundation of the city that never sleeps.moreless
  • Prophecies from Below

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 3/24/08

    The ancient world was shaped by people who believed they foresaw the will of God. Jerusalem is at the heart of all their fiery prophecies. From bloody wars to the birth of saviors, Jerusalem has been at the center of prophetic revelations.moreless
  • Mob Underground

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 3/17/08

    Chicago was once a playground for mobsters and corrupt politicians. It wouldn't be the third largest city in the U.S. today if it weren't for the shady dealings that went on just beneath its streets.moreless
  • Maya Underground

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 3/10/08

    Visit the center of Mayan civilization. Hundreds of ruins scatter the landscape & reveal clues to bloody rituals, advanced architecture & belief in an unforgiving underworld of Mayan gods.
  • Hitler's Last Secret

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 3/3/08

    Prague is a city cloaked in mystery, with an underground to match. Medieval castles line the streets & dark dungeons lie deep below them. From quarries where Hitler may have stored his secret weapons to mines that doubled as Communist slave camps, Prague has surprising stories to tell.moreless
  • Viking Underground

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 2/25/08

    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.
  • A-Bomb Underground

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 2/11/08

    Tokyo, Japan is a city straight out of the future, above ground and below. Go beneath the busy streets to see the latest technology that will save the city from the many natural disasters ready to strike. From there go back in time to World War II to see how Hiroshima's underground offered protection from the most powerful bombs.moreless
  • Vietnam

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 2/4/08

    See a Vietnam that you've never seen before. During the Vietnam War the media flooded the world with images of soldiers and jungles. What wasn't seen were the tunnels, caves and passageways.
  • Underground Apocalypse

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 1/28/08

    For billions across the globe, Jerusalem is considered ground zero for Armageddon. While most of the world's population considers it a holy land, it's also one of the bloodiest cities the world has ever known. From a hidden occult city built by the Knights Templar to the hiding place for the Dead Sea Scrolls, the evidence of the apocalypse is buried all over the holy city.moreless
  • Rome: The Rise

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    S 1 : Ep 14 - 7/30/07

    What was the secret to the success of ancient Rome? Aqueducts, underground neighborhoods and one of the oldest sewer systems reveal many secrets. The largest and most influential empire in history leaves clues to her greatness under nearly every street.moreless
  • Underground Bootleggers

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 7/23/07

    100 years ago Portland, Oregon was a city full of vice, considered the most dangerous port in the world. It was a place where you could get drugs or booze or wake up trapped in a cell beneath the earth.moreless
  • Secret Pagan Underground

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 7/16/07

    4000 years ago, a mysterious pagan society called the Hittites dug deep into the soft volcanic rock to carve out an intricate underworld. But after almost 800 years of rule, the Hittite Empire vanished without a trace. Where did their people go and what clues have they left behind in their complex subterranean world?moreless
  • Dracula's Underground

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 7/9/07

    Visit the city of Bucharest, Romania and learn about its most famous citizen, Vlad the Impaler, more commonly known as Dracula. Travel underground as secret prisons, caves and dungeons are revealed. Only through the bleak subterranean stretches can one come face-to-face with the truth about this infamous Romanian ruler.moreless
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