Just a block from the waterfront of Villefranche sur Mer on the Cote d’Azur in France is the coastal town’s Rue Obscure or Dark Passage.
Dating from the 13th Century and devoid of sunlight it is more tunnel than street. Houses and businesses were built around and above it and can be reached by doors lining the passage. Throughout the centuries residents used it to travel safely during times of attack.
Pictured above is a cafe that has been tucked inside the far end of the street.