In ancient times, humans have inhabited the caves. The cave was the first home of the human race and today, after thousands of years and architectural progress, caves continue to be preffered in some places of the world. Moreover, the caves have been converted into luxury hotels where some are able to pay thousands of euros per night for a room. Besides the caves, it has always been the fascination of living in an underground house, or a spectacular scope carved into the rock, dug into mountains or hills. There are many such places in the world and we intend to present just a few of them, which are more or less spectacular. You decide which one deserves more praise.
The Hobbit Houses in Matamata (New Zealand)
The set for the series Lord of The Rings, located in the town of Matamata, New Zealand remained open to tourists, who can admire here the extremely crafted and beautiful Hobbit houses, organized in a village that has a special charm and recreates the atmosphere of the famous films.
Vardzia City-Cave (Georgia)
Anyone who visits this place wonders how it was possible to build this city and the related monastery. The point is that in 1185 on the throne of Georgia ascended a woman, Tamar, which was a totally unusual thing for the twelfth century Europe. Tamar led her country impeccably, and culture flourished in these places during her reign. And one of her great desires was to build a monastery. There's only one problem: the Mongol invasion, which constantly harassed Georgia. Therefore Tamar, who was only 25 at the time, secretly ordered to build a monastery on Mount Erusheli. Masons began working on it and there appeared a 13 levels building carved into the rock, rising miraculously from their hands; during this process, a number of 6000 natural caves had been enlarged and transformed into housing for the monks. The only entrance was a secret tunnel that was dug by the river Mtkvari, nearby.
The Cave Pool in Oia (Santorini, Greece)
It is world-known how beautiful the Greek island of Santorini is and how many luxury hotels are included on its perimeter, being a favourite place to those who want (and can afford) to organize their wedding here. Swimming in the cave is in the town of Oia and belongs to a luxury boutique-hotel, Andronis Luxury Suites. The price for one night starts from 1700 euros.
Domus Civita, Civita di Bagnoregio House (Italy)
Civita di Bagnoregio is a hillside in Tuscany, completely pedestrian, accessible via a bridge and an Etruscan gateways. The small town has a surreal charm, with cobblestone streets and elegant cafes. Here is Domus Civita, a perfect house for those who want to spend their honeymoon in a special decoration but also for larger families ad it can accommodate up to six people. A series of caves converge to a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, an art gallery and a wine cellar, all accessible from this home which has existed since the 14th century.
The House Complex in Dietikon (Switzerland)
These houses built into the ground as projected by architect Peter Vetschau are grouped around an artificial lake that has a hidden entrance and is integrated into one side of the settlement. There are nine houses of different sizes, from three to seven bedrooms. To maximize the benefits of natural light, the bedrooms are located to the north, while the living rooms are located towards the south. Bathrooms are within the house (and have natural light from the ceiling), and each house has a basement.
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