The cities of today are continuing to show off tall buildings and skyscrapers that seem to touch the sky, but what not a lot of people realize is that beneath the grounds, civilization can also thrive.
Underground cities have long existed in ancient times; most of them are now remnants of an old civilization and are being opened to tourists. Other countries are developing them as a place where people can shop and dine, and take refuge from the blistering cold. Here are nine of the most awesome underground places.
1. Derinkuyu, Cappadocia (Turkey)
Cappadocia is a Turkish region that is home to several underground cities. Derinkuyu is one of them and is the largest of the underground dwellings in the region. It is measured at 85 meters deep and has 18 stories.
According to the Turkish Department of Culture, the Derinkuyu underground city was first built in the 8th to 7th centuries B.C. It features ventilations shafts, fresh flowing water, wells, tombs, escape routes, shops, and individual living quarters, and can accommodate up to 20,000 people.
2. PATH, Toronta (Canada)
PATH is located in downtown Toronto and features an underground walkway that stretches to 30 kilometers, offering people a place for shopping, various services and forms of entertainment.
The Guinness Book of Records lists PATH as the largest underground shopping complex with about 1,200 shops and services.
3. Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wieliczka (Poland)
Wieliczka Salt Mine is one of Poland’s largest tourist destinations. It was opened in the 13th century and continued to produce salt until 2007. Mining of salt was stopped in 1996.
The Salt Mine is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Today, it is a favorite tourist spot, receiving one million visits each year. The mine features underground concerts and salt exhibits. It also serves as a venue for performing artists and film productions.
4. Kish Island, Hormozgān Province (Iran)
Kish is a small island in the Persian Gulf that offers several beautiful attractions for vacationers. The island’s Underground City, built over 2,000 years ago, is a frequented spot. Originally, the underground city is an aqueduct that served to transport water to different areas in the island.
5. Coober Pedy (South Australia)
This town is considered as the “opal capital of the world,” as opal was first found in the area in February 1, 1915. Originally, the town was called Stuart Range Opal field, after John McDouall Stuart, who first explored the area in 1858.
6. Forum des Halles, Paris (France)
Forum des Halles was formerly Les Halles, a fresh food market, which was demolished and converted into a giant underground shopping mall . It now features giant retailers of women’s fashion and menswear.
7. Underground City, Beijing (China)
Tunnels seem to be endless in this eerie underground universe. Beijing’s Underground City is said to be built as a military defense in the Cold War era, and the tunnels are said to cover 85 square kilometers.
8. Shanghai Tunnels, Oregon (USA)
Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels are located just beneath Chinatown. Historically, these tunnels served as a passageway for transported goods, and according to legends, people. Because of these massive tunnels, Portland became known as a spot where men were kidnapped for forced labor.
The tunnels are also believed to have been a haven of illegal activities like prostitution. Today, it is a favorite tourist destination to get a glimpse of the city’s past.
9. Caves of Hercules, Toledo (Spain)
The Caves of Hercules are full of history. This modern underground network of labyrinths and galleries were once a place for treasures, black magic and legends. Legend has it that the caves served as a place where Hercules hid the misfortunes that terrorized Spain.
Ever Wondered Where in the World is The Best Hotel Located?
You won’t believe which hotel won the Best Hotel Award for 2016. We bet you didn’t see this one coming.
You might automatically have images of the hotel being at the beach or probably at one of the most developed cities with the swankiest buildings on earth. Well, we do not really want to burst your bubble, it’s just that the world’s best hotel is way even BETTER than you imagined it to be.
Behold the Umaid Bhawan Palace located at Jodhpur, India. This magnificent palace was built between 1928 and 1943 for His Highness Maharaja Umaid Singh ji. It is one of the largest exclusive and private residences that is the current home of Indian royalty sits high above Jodhpur, the desert capital, amidst 26 acres of lush, green gardens.
The Umaid Bhawan Palace has 347 rooms, 64 of which are guest rooms.
Best Kid-Free Resorts If You Want Quiet Vacations
Peaceful and quiet vacations are now within reach in these kid-free resorts. Yes, kids are definitely not allowed.
There are instances when you really just need the peace and quiet when on vacay mode. It’s not actually enough that you happen to be at the beach with the sun, sand and the sound of the waves. Sometimes, you also need to get away from the shrieks and screams of toddlers and their endless running around.
It’s awesome that there are resorts around the world that are adult-friendly and understand your needs for peace and quiet. Below is the list of the best kid-free resorts for those of you who need the time to unwind and relax, away from the stress at work or crying kids:
Hotel Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
This Natural Spring is Beautiful But The Large Holes Beneath it are Terrifying!
No one knows how deep the holes are. Will you take the plunge?
Are you a fan of diving and other extreme water sports? If so, then we think you'll be interested to know that somewhere in Wimberley, Texas lies an intriguing swimming spot for adventure seekers.
Called Jacobs Well, this place is surrounded with lush greens, clear waters and deep caves. Staying at the edge of the cliff will make one think that plunging in means jumping into a never-ending abyss.
This is because Jacob's Well has four underwater chambers. The first one is said to be 25 feet deep; the second is 35 feet and the third is 75 feet. The depth of the fourth chamber, however, remains unknown....