You don't have to bring your own flashlight to take a tour of the cities that humans have built underground. Just lean back and let these videos unlock all of their subterranean secrets.
Humans like to build cities that reach for the sky, but sometimes they also build downward. Whether for protection, or just because they can, we've created many cities beneath the Earth's crust - or dug deep into the rocky faces of mountains. Here are nine of the most awesome.
At night, when we are safe from solar storms, the guards open our radiation-shielded gates. We are so used to living in darkness that the moonlight comes on like a tsunami, an uncontrollable riot of waves. It's as if we are drowning in light, rather than illuminated by it.
Humans like to build cities that reach for the sky, but sometimes they also build downward. Whether for protection, or just because they can, we've created many cities beneath the Earth's crust - or dug deep into the rocky faces of mountains. Here are ten of the most awesome.
Even if you've been to the Catacombs of Paris or have gone spelunking in Brooklyn's abandoned subway lines, there's still a wealth of underground places to be explored. Here are some of the world's less welcoming manmade tunnels and grottos.
The Barry Troglodyte Village is a small complex of homes build undeground in the south of France. Though underground homes are unusual, that's not the weirdest part about this place. These subterranean houses have been occupied continuously by people for thousands of years - from the neolithic era of roving tribes,…
A Dutch company wants to build a massive underground city beneath Amsterdam, going six stories below the space-challenged city. Strukton, owned by the Dutch railway, wants to drain Amsterdam's canals one by one and then refill them with water after it builds its enormous troglodyte structure. The "web-like complex"…
The December 13, 1942 Montana Standard (Butte, MT) ran an interesting piece by Gardner Dane about the world of 1975, devastated by war, forcing people to move underground in order to survive. The original article appeared in Every Week magazine. Excerpts, as well as the article in its entirety, appear below.