Paris Underground

Paris, City of Light, really is a tale of two cities. One of them is above ground, with its beloved Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. That’s the city the world sees. And then there’s the city very few us will ever see — an underground Paris, the ‘souterrain.’ NPR’s Jacki Lyden and National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez teamed up to see what lies below. (Photographs by Stephen Alvarez/National Geographic)

About the author

Stephen Alvarez is a photographer and frequent commentator on the role technology and photography play in our interconnected world. He is founder and director of the Ancient Art Archive (