breathtaking underground temple [pics]

i don’t even know what to say about this. it’s simply spectacular.

From the daily mail article:

“…in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, […] 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret – one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’ by the Italian government.”

“It all began in the early Sixties when Oberto Airaudi [aka Falco] was aged ten. From an early age, he claims to have experienced visions of what he believed to be a past life, in which there were amazing temples. ‘My goal was to recreate the temples from my visions,’ he said”

“A house was built on the hillside and Falco moved in with several friends who shared his vision. Using hammers and picks, they began their dig to create the temples of Damanhur […] no planning permission had been granted, they decided to share their scheme only with like-minded people.”

“Volunteers, who flocked from around the world, worked in four-hour shifts for the next 16 years with no formal plans other than Falco’s sketches and visions, funding their scheme by setting up small businesses to serve the local community.”

“…weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away. Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet”

i suggest reading the whole article.


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