Ah you make me laugh you there to walk naively in the big cities of this world without knowing the mysteries which hide these streets which you brave in all innocence. Because cities are full of secrets that provide us with striking historical testimonies far from museums, you just have to know how to spot them. And sometimes it’s mega creepy.
- 1 1. Bomb traces in buildings in Belgrade
- 2 2. The marks of the site of the last guillotine in Paris
- 3 3. The impacts of shells made up with red resin in Sarajevo
- 4 4. The cages of Münster cathedral
- 5 5. Traces of bullets and shellfire hidden everywhere in Paris
- 6 6. A section of the Reichstag in Berlin was riddled with bullets 10 years ago
- 7 7. Discreet traces of bombing in Strasbourg
- 8 8. The traces of fire on the facade of the white house
1. Bomb traces in buildings in Belgrade
The capital of Serbia bombed during the Kosovo war in 1999 by NATO has preserved traces of shells on several of its buildings, hospitals and the Radio Television building. This did not prevent the city from modernizing itself, but the preservation of its brands is part of the historical heritage and it must be said that it is quite bizarre to walk in the streets and fall on a shell hole.
2. The marks of the site of the last guillotine in Paris
Yep, you can even walk quietly on it, just thinking that the road has a slight irregularity. It is located in the 11th arrondissement, five small slabs in the rue de la Croix Faubin at the pedestrian crossing level will now be able to catch your informed eye. It was installed in front of the former Grande Roquette prison which was destroyed at the end of the 19th century.
3. The impacts of shells made up with red resin in Sarajevo
If you come across areas filled with red resin in the city, know that it is to “embellish” the craters left by the Bosnian war also especially not to forget the horrors of the war.
4. The cages of Münster cathedral
The Church of Saint-Lambert in Münster in Germany is not very young. Built in 1375, it embodied ecclesiastical power. In 1534, the city was subject to religious revolts and we had the good taste to lock the leaders of these revolts in cages attached to the bell tower and which are still visible today. Nice.
Our beautiful city has not erased all traces of its history, on the contrary. If the traces of bullets and shells are not obvious, they can be found almost everywhere. On the Île de la Cité, but also on a section of the former headquarters of Crédit Lyonnais rue de Choiseul, a plaque even reads “Plane bomb January 30, 1918” or the Hôtel de Brienne, former ministry of war which was also bombed in 1918. Finally, if we drag behind the Madeleine, the statue of Saint-Luc was decapitated by a shell thrown on May 30, 1918. But a little lazy to put a head back on it. we left like that pepouze.
6. A section of the Reichstag in Berlin was riddled with bullets 10 years ago
Strangely, the city of Berlin is not very marked by the traces of the war that we have taken out of their natural context to “museify” them. This is the case of one of the sections of the Reichstag which a few years ago were preserved as it is, riddled with bullets and graffiti dating from 1945. The wall has been put under glass and is now exposed in the hall of the Reichstag but we still wanted to talk about it because it is all very recent.
7. Discreet traces of bombing in Strasbourg
Just like any city marked by history, Strasbourg also has some testimonies of its past with traces, in particular, of the Prussians’ bombings dating from 1870. It is found on the facades of several buildings, in particular on the Place de la Cathédrale .
8. The traces of fire on the facade of the white house
A vestige of the Anglo-American War of 1812, also known as the Second War of Independence, the building was burnt down by the British and you can find if you still look for some traces of soot. A good little wipe down on it and nothing will appear.