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The World’s Most Amazing Underground Cities

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Visiting new cities is always a fun thing to do. But what happens when those cities are underground? Yes, such cities exist! Many cities over the course of time have been created below the ground for a variety of reasons: war, heat, fear, war, more war; you get the drift. We give you a list of the ones that are the most interesting and worth a visit. Here are some of the most amazing underground cities of the world:

1. Coober Pedy: Australia
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Located in South Australia, 846 km north of the city of Adelaide, this interesting underground city is still a favorite place for locals to save themselves from the oppressive heat and dingoes of Australian summer. Popularly known as the opal capital of the world(a large quantity of opals is mined here), Coober Pedy has dugouts (2 and 3 room caves) where people come and stay to enjoy the cool underground temperature. In fact, this city even has shops, pubs, church and a graveyard! Creepy!

2. Berlin Underground City: Germany
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To find the real Berlin you have to go underground- says Dietmar Arnold. When you visit this secret underground city of Germany, you realize how apt the saying is. Built during the air raid of 1945, Berlin Underground city used to be the refuge for many working-class Berlin neighborhoods. Made up of 1000 interconnected bunkers, this city offers a testament to the wartime. You can still see rusted ammunition scattered on the floor, the age old phosphorescent arrows and the Nazi murals. The bunkers have bedrooms, bathrooms and even a labour room for women.

3. Matmata: Tunisia

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Located in the southern end of Tunisia, this small town of Matmata has a mesmerizing beauty that manages to attract visitors from all around the world. In fact, you can notice the hand painted signs for the troglodytes many miles before you reach the spot. The distinctive feature of Matmata is the caves that were dug out around the dug pits which are now used as rooms. It used to be the residence of the locals to save themselves from the scorching heat. However, the city was unknown until 1967. Today, the city has gained fame because of its underground dwelling. Hotel Sidi Driss in Matmata was used as a filming location for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as Luke Skywalkers aunt and uncles house on the planet Tatooine.

4. Dixia Cheng: China
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Also named as the Underground Great Wall, this glorified bomb shelter is located in Beijing. Built in 1970, this underground city used to be the hideout for the local citizens to escape invasions, air raids or nuclear attack during the Cold War. The unknown part of this story is, the network of tunnels of this city was dug by hand of the locals. The entire city has around 90 entrances hidden in the back of the houses and can still give shelter to around 300,000 people for four months. For entertainment, restaurants, schools, theatres, clinics, factories and even a roller skating rink are there. Sounds amazing, right?

5. Derinkuyu: Turkey
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One of the five interconnected underground complexes in Turkey, Derinkuyu is unique in its own way. Located in the historical region of Cappadocia, Derinkuyu was carved out from the living rock. The volcanic rock of this region was soft enough to be dug out and create such beautiful underground cities. History says it was primarily used between 780-1180 during the Arab-Byzantine wars as protection against Muslin-Arabs. It was later re-used by early Christians as hideouts. The entire space area has the potential of housing 20,000 people. Till 20th century AD, the city was in use before turning into a tourist attraction. You can see stables, cellars, storage rooms and even chapels inside. The best part of the city is, a religious school was also there inside.

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