We’ve all heard stories and tales of people living their entire lives in abandoned mines and caves, subway tunnels, sewers, and any other underground area they can manage to thrive in. These hovels have turned into entire underground cities, with people moving in regularly. Most of us cannot fathom living under the dirt, but these subterranean cities have existed for extended periods of time – and they even managed to make a living in some cases. Here are ten of the most incredible underground cities.
Beijing Underground was originally under construction beginning in 1969, when Mao Zedong ordered an emergency shelter be built for the government. The tunnels spanned 30 kilometers underneath the city, and featured over 1,000 air raid shelters. In 2000, the underground expanse was opened to the public. Some shelters are used as hotels today.
Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain
Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain, is still around today and is the bustling home of over 3,000 people. The homes here were built into stone walls of the mountains in the town. While most of it is in the open, a good majority has been carved under the stone mountain walls.