French WWI artworks preserved in caves

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  1. Gargoyle
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    Thousands of French troops disappeared while defending the line on the banks of the Aisne in northern France during World War 1, and almost 100 years on their remains are still being uncovered.

    There are 500 caves near the battlefields, and the soldiers would take refuge in those caves. They were their shelters, their hospitals, a secure place to stable horses or hold prisoners, The walls in the caves are illuminated by the most extraordinary carvings and murals left by the frontline troops who sheltered there: regimental insignia; a roll call of the soldiers who had died; an altar where troops could pray before returning to battle.

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    The temperature inside the cave is constant and the limestone walls remain dry, which is why the murals are in such extraordinary condition.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18689794

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    Thanks for sharing, Gargoyle! :)
     
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    thanks for a really cool posting
     
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