Secret tunnels, hidden passageways, forbidden activities, ghastly rumors, and urban legends – the underground places full of amazing stuff. The beautiful and ancient cities of the world speak about the unique factor they have. There’s not even a single shortage of intelligence under the ground. So, let’s know about some of the cities are have their residence at the bottom.
A quick look at the amazingly hidden underground cities around the world.
1. Canada, underground city Montreal
located below the Río Montreal land, also known as Canada’s Half Pillar. In the summer days, the city remains under the ground and it remains cold. Despite being underground, in this city you will find all the amenities like hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, shopping malls, and metro stations. Apart from this, there are also libraries, cinema halls, different types of shops and apartments.
2. Dìxià Chéng
This underground city of China, Dìxià Chéng, was established in the year 1970. This city, popularly known as China’s Underground Great Wall, has made big halls for many schools, hospitals, and living-in-town. More than 100 entrances have been built to enter this city and a lot of caves are also here. It’s one of the mysterious underground cities.
3. Derinkuyu, Turkey, Cappadocia
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Cappadocia city, situated in Central Turkey, houses at least 36 underground cities. Apart from this, Derinkuyu involves various peak caves, shops, houses, schools, churches, etc. The city is also brimmed with wine-making establishments.
Interestingly, only 10% of the underground city is accessible to visitors. IN fact, Derinkuyu is the cruciform church nestled between the third and fourth level and the barrel-vaulted ceiling.
4. England, Wiltshire Burlington
A 35 acres complex lies 120 feet underneath Corsham where 4,000 people can live comfortably. This underground place in England features a railway station, pond, an underground lake, hospital, canteens, kitchens, and laundries to storerooms of supplies, accommodation areas, and offices.
The city is also furnished with the second largest telephone exchange in Britain, a BBC studio from where the PM could address the entire nation.
5. Iran, the Kish City
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Kish, an Underground City in Iran is considered to be the most unsurpassed city. This 2,500-year-old city is called by many names but most people call it The Kish City. By the way, this city has been built to collect and purify the water, but now it has become a tourist attraction. This resounding city spans about 10,000 square meters. It’s one of the unheard underground cities that are groundbreaking.
6. Tunnels of Moose Jaw, Moose Jaw, Canada
Moose Jaw, the sleepy city is located in the state of Saskatchewan in Southern Canada. The place is home to a series of tunnels.
7. Pilsen Historical Underground, Czech Republic
Pilsen city houses Pilsen Historical Underground in the western part of the Czech Republic. It’s a 12.5-mile long complexity of passageways, cellars, and wells built below the city streets in the 14th century.
Whenever you feel like visiting this hidden underground city, take a guided tour and explore this native underground system which highlights the ice cellar, the water tower and the exhibit on medieval bookbinding.
The path ends at the Brewery Museum, where you’ll spot the famous local Pilsner Urquell beer.
8. Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain
Contrary to other places in this list, Setenil de las Bodegas, a pueblo (small town) in Southern Spain isn’t an underground town but lies beneath massive rock overhangs. Located within a narrow river gorge which is eroded by the Rio Trejo river, the houses are formed into the under the walls of the gorge itself.
People usually settled here for practical reasons as in to keep them cool in Summers and hot in Winters. Setenil de las Bodegas features small tapas bars which have the taste of local delicacies such as chorizo, olive oil, honey, and Andalusian wine.
9. Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow, Poland
Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of Wieliczka just over 9 miles outside of Krakow was built in the 13th century. The place continuously produced table salt until 2007.
Being one of the top tourist attractions in Poland, this underground city has emerged from a series of dark caves to a complex now consisting of over 185 influential miles of galleries, about 3000 chambers, and nine floors. The first three floors are open to the public.
10. Edinburgh Vaults, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Underneath the streets of Scotland’s capital holds a dark and damp world which dates back to the 18th century. The Edinburgh Vaults, also known as The South Bridge Vaults, is famous for having a series of chambers that are formed within the 19 arches of South Bridge.
As you go beneath Edinburgh’s graceful surface, you’ll listen to guide’s shivering stories of the ghosts still persisting around.
Originally, the place was made home to cobblers, taverns, cutlers, smelters and other tradesmen, and to store forbidden materials, speculations were that serial killers Burke and Hare also stored several bodies down here, which they sold for medical experiments.
11. Shanghai Tunnels, Portland, United States
Portland is known to have its own secret underground city called, Shanghai Tunnels or the Portland Underground. Reportedly, this complex network once inherited tunnel passageways linking Portland’s Old Town, also known as Chinatown, to the central Downtown region.
The basements of a downtown bar and hotel were linked to the Willamette River waterfront by way of these tunnels, letting the supply to be moved from docked ships directly to basements for storage, thus keeping it safe from rain and heavy traffic.
Rumors were that tunnels have also been used for “shanghaiing”: kidnapping people to make them sailors.
But today, the place is fully safe and secure and one can explore a section of the Shanghai Tunnels to feel the complex network of tunnels.