We’ve all seen lists of the most amazing places ON earth, but what about in it? As it turns out, some of the most
10. Turda Salt Mines
Located in Romania, the Turda Salt Mines has been visited by more than two million people since it was opened in 1992. Named the most beautiful underground place in the world by Business Insider, it isn’t hard to understand why it is such a magnificent tourist attraction. It was constructed in the 13th century and is now a gorgeous museum and recreation center. On it, you’ll find mini-golf, a Ferris wheel, basketball hoops, and boating in the underground lake.
9. Cave of the Crystals, Mexico
This incredible Mexican cave has some of the most massive selenite crystals ever found on earth. Connected to the Naica Mine, it was discovered very recently. In the year 2000, this cave was emptied of its water, revealing the giant crystals. Don’t make this a destination for your next vacation, though, unless you have heat resistant suits on hand. Temperatures reach as high as 136 degrees, and the humidity reaches 100 percent. The reason for these high temperatures is because of a nearby magma chamber. Because of these dangerous conditions, much of the cave has been left undiscovered. The average time a well-equipped explorer can spend in the cave is only ten minutes.
8. Greenbrier Bunker
At first glance, it may not be inherently obvious why this tacky, sterile little corporate looking place makes our list of the most amazing places under the earth. But when you delve a bit into the history of this underground bunker, located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, it becomes clear. Built in 1956 under the intense fear of a nuclear war, Greenbrier Bunker was a place for house members of Congress to go in case things went nuclear. Luckily, it was never put to use and is now open to the public as a historical retreat for people interested in seeing a genuine relic of the Cold War era.
7. Cabinet War Rooms
Here’s another underground government bunker that makes the list of Top 10 Most Amazing Places Under The Earth. Unlike the Greenbrier Bunker, this one was put to good use when Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of England from 1939 to 1945. Located in England, it was abandoned at the end of Churchill’s reign. tourists can visit this bunker today as part of the Churchill War Rooms. Throughout World War II, the British government command centre operated mainly out of this room.
6. Mayakovskaya Metro Station
Also called the Moscow Metro, this beautiful Soviet-era underground subway station is the third-busiest in the world. It opened on September 11, 1938, as the second leg of the Moscow Metro expansion. The station also doubled as an air raid shelter during World War II, bringing the architectural miracle to worldwide fame. The station is so well-lit and beautiful, visitors often forget they are underground when passing through. It’s considered to be one of the most famous examples of pre-World War II Stalinist Architecture in the world.
This Egyptian tomb is known by many names, mainly Tomb of Seti I. It’s also called Belzoni’s tomb, Tomb of Psammis, son of Nechois, and Tomb of Apis. It was the resting place of Pharaoh Seti I of the Nineteenth Dynasty. This beautiful, ancient underground wonder is 446 feet long and is covered in wall paintings and carvings. Due to preservation efforts and the damage of tourists, this tomb is understandably closed to the public. When it was first discovered in 1817, it was in much better condition than it is in now, with the person who discovered it, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, describing it as in excellent condition. Tragically, excavations in the 50s and 50s caused walls of the tomb to collapse.
4. Derinkuyu Underground City
This is truly a wonder to behold. This multi-level underground city in Turkey is believed to have been built in eight-century B.C. by the Phrygians and later expanded by Persians. Extending 200 feet into the ground, it was built to shelter 20,000 people, along with their livestock. There are also spaces for food stores. Half of the city is available for tours. It was first opened to the public in 1969. Wildly popular with international tourists, this is truly one of the most amazing places under the earth.
3. Les Catacombes de Paris
Certainly the most spooky underground place on this list, the skull-emblazoned walls of these catacombs will make your spine chill and your skin crawl, so don’t lose your head! Built in 1810, the Catacombs of Paris were intended to solve the problems of France’s overflowing cemeteries and underground cave-ins. The bodies of the overflowing cemeteries were exhumed and used to reinforce underground tunnels. It is a tourist destination very popular to those into the macabre and has been open to the public since 1874.
2. Škocjan Caves
This unbelievable underground cave inside a mountain has a river running 3 miles under the cave. There are also many waterfalls along the way of the river. This underground canyon can also house a 45-floor skyscraper. The reason these caves got this far in our top ten list is because this cave is one of the only caves in the world located inside the mountain.
1. The Cavern Suite
How’s this for privacy? There is zero humidity in this $800-per-night motel room located deep in the Grand Canyon Caverns, guaranteeing that you and your colleagues will be the only living beings in your environment. Furnished with retro furniture and modern amenities, you have to take an elevator 22 stories underground to get this room. So much for a view from the top!