10 amazing underground temples that capture the imagination

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Each local church is the structure, chopped directly into the mountain. Total Lalibela has 11 monolithic churches carved in the cliffs of the XII century. In one of the churches you can find copies of the tomb of Adam Jesus Tomb and Tombs Date. The legend states that thousands of workers to work during the day, but construction continued and night angels.

An oasis of Dunhuang in China was once the main stop on Sidenvägen, the country-trading road between Europe and China. The city grew over the centuries. And where there are cities, there are temples. Buddhist Dunhuang, the earliest Buddhist community in China, lowers its temples in the nearby Mogaogrottas. Since the beginning of this practice in the IV century in Mogao it created 492 richly decorated cave temples. The walls are brightly painted religious and secular scenes in many different styles, reflecting the confidence of the people who met on Side Road.

The largest multi-level complex of temple, today known as Haypodzhium, was probably modeled at the above-earth temple. Around its perimeter can be found fake windows and doors, as well, which is particularly striking in the underground temple there is an imitation of a wooden roof. Thousands of years Nazal's dead bodies were left rotten in the cuttings in the walls, while they are not just the legs left, which were then taken for funeral purposes.

Mithreum during the "Great Circus" in Rome is the best preserved. The temple contains sculptural friezes that yield Mithra's bull at the murder. Similar pictures are found throughout the Roman world. This suggests that the cult of Mithras, possibly the ritual victims, includes the bull.

The underground complex is called the Sinka Vecheflera name: the cave temple, the monastery and the temple of the condemned. Despite research that has long been on the site excavation, no one knows exactly how old he is, who built it or why it was done.

There are nine different caves, two of which are used as chapels, but the walls have non-Christian symbols (for example, the star of stars and a sign of Yin Yang). Atomic research traces of the tools showed that the temple was hit during the second century AD, but its original purpose is still a mystery.

Mining always has malicious and dangerous activities. In the XIII century, the miners could ask that they not be filled up. Not surprisingly, many of them asked for help to the gods of prayers. Wieliczka salt mine in Poland miners chapel carved out of salt. Nobody knows exactly how many such places of worship were once in the mine, because they tend to tear when the mine was still open.

Mines in Zipaquir√° work with the V century f Kr. But the cathedral, carved out of salt at this point, is much more modern. The little chapel was in the mine before, but in the 1990s, the cathedral in Wieliczka has been renovated and expanded. Now the mine, visitors can walk down to 150 meters below the ground and admire the cathedral next to the miners, which are still breaking salt here. The temple has 14 chapels, each of which has a statue of salt in the form of cross adorned with carvings. Today they have decorated LEDs that cast strange reflections on salt sculptures.

To find others who shared their goals, He began the construction of underground churches in 1978. When he kept building his churches secretly and not getting permission for his construction, when the authorities discovered these temples in the 1990s, they wanted to stop all the work. It is worth noting that building permits are still granted.