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Temples of Humankind (Damanhur, Italy) - 8th Wonder of the World?

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Nov 21, 2011 9:41 PM

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"Nestling in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, lies the valley of Valchiusella. Peppered with medieval villages, the hillside scenery is certainly picturesque.

But it is deep underground, buried into the ancient rock, that the region's greatest wonders are concealed.

Here, 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.

For 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 - Big Ben is 15,000 cubic feet.

Few have been granted permission to see these marvels.

Indeed, the Italian government was not even aware of their existence until a few years ago.

But the 'Temples of Damanhur' are not the great legacy of some long-lost civilisation, they are the work of a 57-year-old former insurance broker from northern Italy who, inspired by a childhood vision, began digging into the rock."

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Nov 22, 2011 1:18 AM
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That's quite something that this man was able to build such a complex without anyone from the government knowing for so many years. You would have thought somebody outside of his circle of colleagues would have stumbled upon it.

I wouldn't call it the Eighth wonder of the world, but it is a neat story.
 
 
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Nov 22, 2011 1:44 AM

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Wow that man has a lot of determination!
 
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Nov 22, 2011 2:42 AM

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That is fkin crazy.
 
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Nov 22, 2011 4:26 AM

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lovely, thank you for posting
Tea and bickies with the Bold and the Beautiful
 
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Nov 22, 2011 4:47 AM

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Badass. A temple to humankind? As much as I generally hate people, I'm moved by this. It's.... fantastique
 
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Nov 22, 2011 5:03 AM

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It's okay, but you won't see me travelling to Italy to see THAT lol.
 
 
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Nov 23, 2011 7:46 AM

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2 words: Holy Fuck.
 
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Nov 23, 2011 9:41 AM
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whitekn1ght said:
That's quite something that this man was able to build such a complex without anyone from the government knowing for so many years. You would have thought somebody outside of his circle of colleagues would have stumbled upon it.

This article would be worth a read if anyone likes secret construction projects. This temple is #2 on the list.

Also, you don't have to call this the eighth wonder of the world; there's no set list of the seven modern wonders due to absurd subjectivity (Because what's a wonder? The Eiffel Tower? The Los Alamos test site? A statue of Kim Jong Il? ) so you could just go ahead and call this the first in your list.
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Nov 23, 2011 2:25 PM

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I would love to visit Italy just to see this (I've already been to Rome, so it's not top priority), I think it's incredible!
 
Nov 23, 2011 2:26 PM

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Looks like the sort of art weird cults like to use.
 
Nov 23, 2011 3:12 PM

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Wow, that actually looks pretty nice.
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