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10th Anniversary - pt 2

The interior of the prison and quarry spoke to me the most.

Left: Such lovely stonework...too bad this staircase leads to a place of misery

Below: The gentleman who was held prisoner in this cell was a Da Vinci admirer and, being a well-off chap, had his wall decorated with art.


"Ces murs étouffent les sanglots et éteignent l'agonie."  
These walls smother sobs and snuff out agony.

Lovely, carefully carved graffiti (some it dating to at least 1610), with a more modern, oh-so-banal, "Je le KIFE" (I'm into it/him).

Left: Neck iron in the room with the Cage de Fer... You can see where the chain has worn a track in the stone. :( Imagine that clenched around your neck, weighing on your collarbones.

Below:  To the right of the cross are indentations where one's fingers fit perfectly. Judging from the placement, we think they were made by a person kneeling to pray and then grabbing the wall to help himself back to his feet.


Rough, crude sketches in the stone, but it looks like someone wanted to keep digging and make them more three dimensional.

If you look closely, you can see a windmill, a horse-drawn carriage and a tree. The building in front of the horse has 1788 scratched into it, but it is backwards. I wonder where this place is and what it meant to the prisoner, what and who did he think of while he painstakingly carved it into the rock.

I took a couple of pictures of the infamous Cage de Fer (iron cage) but I didn't have enough light to do it justice.  I suggest checking out this photo instead. That bucket is the privy pot.  There was a bench with a hole cut in it over the bucket. You can see that better here.  And here is a photo of some strangers, by some strangers, to give you an idea of the size of the cage.


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May. 23rd, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Too amazing for words. Honestly, I'm awestruck, horrified, fascinated, all at once. It makes so *real* every story you've ever heard or read about a dank prison cell....

and wow, the indomitableness of the human spirit!
May. 23rd, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was at turns amazed and horrified. I had shivers from being in a place where I felt the past was still thick in the air. I wanted to touch all the writing, as if I could touch the men who had scratched their names or their sigils there. Being a respectful tourist, I refrained.
May. 24th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Creepy, but awesome!
May. 24th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC)
Twas indeed awesome!
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