Worldwide there are natural wonders, architectural wonders and ancient wonders. So why not underground wonders?! Mysterious and impressive, they are well hidden from prying eyes. Hold your breath and explore the depths of the 7 wonders of the underground world.
As creepy and mysterious look to us today, in the past the 7 underground wonders of the world had very practical and comfortable use. In fact, most of them were designed for that purpose – to serve as shelters or defensive equipment in times of war, to provide quick, safe and unhindered moving between major points and to preserve priceless “treasures”. Get ready for an exciting walk through the tunnels, caves and catacombs, forming the 7 underground wonders of the world.
Labyrinth underneath Buda Castle in Budapest, Hungary
The labyrinth of caves and tunnels under Buda Castle on the banks of the Danube in Budapest, has a total length of about 10 km. It is assumed that was excavated for military purposes centuries ago, during World War II and served as a bomb shelter during enemy air attacks. Later some of them have been turned into wine cellars. Walking through the maze you will encounter many caverns and section with authentic cave paintings all connected (probably by the Turks) with spacious tunnels. The remains of walls and beautiful arches particularly impressive.
Cemetery “West Norwood” in London, England
Founded in 1837, the underground cemetery keeps rich collection of historical monuments. In lined mahogany and pine coffins of different sizes, strictly arranged in catacomb’s niches they keep the remains of many noblemen. Most are very well preserved in time. Numerous iron doors connecting the central corridor with small rooms and staircase leads to the surface. Cells with massive gates awaits in eight narrower corridor – some of them were used to store coffins, while others are left empty.
Catacombs of Paris, France
Paris may be one of the most beautiful capitals of the world, but its other face is quite terrifying and unfamiliar. Under the streets of the city extends a network of quarries, tunnels and passageways known to the world as the Catacombs of Paris. Originally they are used as quarries for extraction of various building materials at the end of XVIII century. Part of them have been turned into a charnel as cemetery plots were not only insufficient, but also spread infection. Today, it holds the bones of about 6 million people. Excavations have revealed a secret German bunker from World War II and underground cinema. Although only 2 out of 300 kilometers of tunnels are open to visitors, there are many secret passages, channels and holes through which you can get to the forbidden territory of the catacombs.
Winery Milestii Mici, Moldova
Storing over 2 million bottles of high quality wine the cellar in the Moldovan town with ancient history Milestii Mici appear in the book of Guinness World Records as the largest wine complex in the world. The tunnels and its branches have a total length of 250 km, but only 150 km are usable. Million liters of wine is produced from different grape harvests in the period 1968 to 1991, and it is stored in oak casks and special enameled barrels. The natural limestone walls of the galleries did serve as a great moisture absorber that enhances and preserves the taste of the divine elixir. You can see them walking or by car, and if you are a true bohemian to buy a bottle as a a souvenir (the most expensive is about $500 USD).
Caves of the Ozark, Missouri / Arkansas, USA
Ozark region’s physical geography, combining plateau and mountainous and covered with lush greenery. But it is not so attractive for tourists in this part of the United States, as the system of caves formed underneath. It is believed that most of them were mines and that here was discovered the chemical element radium. Furthermore cave tunnels have served as a convenience to travel on a raft in a flood. The greater part of the excavated caves of 4500 are already examined, and only 8 are opened to the public. The beautiful rock formations and fossils of prehistoric creatures are sufficiently numerous and fascinating to satisfy your thirst for underground adventures.
The underground city of Coober Pedy in Australia
Imagine a city built underground. There are about 3000 people turned the old mines in luxury homes with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. There is even a church! The walls are decorated with expensive paintings, the furniture is comfortable and luxurious, the atmosphere is welcoming and cozy. And although prices for the purchase of underground and ground dwelling overlap, the first type is much more practical for the summer, when temperatures outdoors reached 55 degrees Celsius. In the underground city temperature remains constant and all the needs of the local “population” are fully satisfied.
Tunnels under Disney theme park in Orlando, Florida, USA
Theme park “Magic Kingdom” in the Sunshine State Florida is one of the 4 “Walt Disney” theme parks in the world. And as fabulous and amazing to be, few know that underneath extends massive underground complex of tunnels that provide employees quickly and quietly move between ground part and numerous offices, restaurants and stores in the dungeons. This network of tunnels originated from the magnificent Palace of Disney (the lower two floors are part of it). And walking from one to another branch might be on foot or vehicle.