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Street Obscur: photos, description (Rue Obscure)

Dark street (or Rue Obscur) - the oldest in the city of Villefranche-sur-Mer. It is located in the old part of the city and a covered walkway with a length of 130 meters. Ryu Obscur stretches along the walls of the fortress, parallel to the waterfront.

The appearance of Dark street dates back to the XIII-XIV century. The passage was a continuation of the path followed guarding the city sentinel. Originally the street was not covered and went along the first city wall.

Under the arches of the Dark street residents found shelter during enemy attacks and severe storms. And during the Second world war ryu Obscur began to function as bomb shelters. Today this cloister is trade in cheese and wine, as under the arches is always cooler than on other streets. Since 1932, ryu Obscur has the status of historical monument. This street looks gloomy and very mysterious, so she is sometimes credited with mystical glory.

The citadel, which is enveloped by a Dark street, was built in XVI century to protect the "free city" (as translated Villefranche-sur-Mer). The order on the construction of the fortress gave the Duke of Savoy Emmanuel Philibert. In the second half of the twentieth century in the fortress restoration works began and in the early 80-ies of the building is occupied by several museums and the city administration.