Sunday, November 25, 2007

Eighth wonder of the world? The stunning temples secretly carved out below ground by 'paranormal' eccentric

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.


Anonymous said...

This IS truly stunning. Who knew? Looks like an occultist's paradise!

--W.M. Bear

mr. intense said...

Yes, a truly bizarre story. Check out the pictures at the link. The interlocking temples allegedly take up 300,000 square feet, which sounds ridiculous, and are supposedly "linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels."

And all of this was supposedly dug out of mountainside rock 100 feet down below an ordinary looking, rather small dwelling. In one of the pictures, one passage is illuminated by windows--where is the light coming from? Backlit lighting? Where are the conduits and wiring? Ventilation? And if 300K square feet was dug out 100 feet down, under an unprepossessing little house, how and where did all the stone rubble go?

Allegedly begun in the early 60's by one man, an insurance broker, and eventually assisted by up to 16 people working 4 hour shifts each, the temples have now been seized by the Italian government, with the implication that this may have been done due to the broker owing back taxes.

Three questions:

1. Is this story as portrayed, or exaggerated?

2. What does the Italian government intend to do with the seized property? Run tours or what?

3. What went on down in the deep underground temples during the 40 years it was being built?

Regardless, it does appear to be pretty damn amazing, true or exaggerated. Very odd...

michael said...

I am always fascinated by both the constructive and destructive nature of religious intoxication.

dad2059 said...

Well, doctors attribute religious experience to a certain part of the brain that gets flooded with a brain chemical (dopamine?) that mimics an acid trip or an heroin high.

That's never happened to me. Am I missing something?

Anonymous said...

mr i -- Hah! I think you nailed it. The idea of a hoax didn't even occur to me (which says a lot about me, unfortunately). I especially like your point about the backlighting through the stained glass at 100 feet underground. Yeabo! Hoax! Hoax! Hoax! (Variety -- Internet Hoax.)