Unreal Underground: 9 Subterranean Cities You Can Visit

Unreal Underground: 9 Subterranean Cities You Can Visit

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Exploring underground may be the most successful way to support sustainable urban development. While experts figure out whether digging into the ground can solve the urban space problem, we take you to the world's most unique underground marvels.

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    The residents of Coober Pedy in Australia move underground to pray. The Serbian Orthodox Church, built in 1993, is carved in the sandstone and has a community hall, a parish house, and even a school.
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    The architect "buried" this museum on Japan's "art island" Naoshima. Small concrete openings and geometrical skylights dot the greenery.
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    Built in 1996, this hobbit-like house in the Welsh countryside is a tunnel under a turf roof. The three-bedroom house with stunning ocean views resembles a home that featured in a famous British children’s TV show — locals call it the Teletubby house.
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    In Poland, you have to take 800 steps down a shaft to reach this art gallery, health resort, and massive halls that host weddings and conferences — all rolled into one. This 13-century marvel was once a salt mine.
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    This home in Glaumbær, Iceland is an example of a "turf house"— a highly-insulated building that has a stone foundation and layers of turf built around the sides.
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    Built in 2009 in the memory of a Korean poet, the Earth House in Seoul has two courtyards connecting six single rooms, a kitchen, a study, and a bathroom with a wooden tub and toilet.
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    On the Greek island of Antiparos sits right where two slopes meet. Two long stone walls bridge the hills, allowing the house to naturally blend in the space.
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    In this southern Tunisia village, locals live in traditional "troglodyte” dwellings — cave houses — created by scraping away rocks. There is even a subterranean hotel.
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    Built into a rock, the Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki gets ample sunlight through a glazed dome. Those rough rock walls were left untouched by the designers for a reason: naturally great acoustics make the church a perfect venue for concerts.
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