Top 5 City Caves To Explore
Whether you are on holiday or lucky enough to live in one of these fun cities, why not try exploring one of these caves for a fun and unusual day out?
City of Caves – Nottingham, England
This vast underground network of manmade caves has a lively history, being used for many purposes throughout the centuries and extended by men along the way. Though the caves were in use for over a thousand years, you can now only access them via the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre.
The caves have long been mentioned in the history books, with a noticeable entrance in the tome “The Life of King Alfred” in 893AD, so imagine how much history you could view down there. They have had many uses throughout the years, from housing for the poor (which was banned in 1845) to medieval tanneries and even air raid shelters.
These caves were nearly filled in the 1960’s but public outcry saved them – it was a great decision, they are well worth a visit.
Setenil de las Bidegas – Ronda, Spain
The location of the town of Ronda on its cliff top is stunning enough, but the village of Setenil de las Bidegas which is built into the side of a cliff and under hang is a odd and entrancing serious of caves to visit.
These white washed cave dwellings look quaint squashed under the overhang, but they are still inhabited and are a must see when travelling the white Villages route in Spain.
Petra – Jordan
This wondrous ancient city is carved into beautiful rose coloured rocks, and remains a mystery to historians to this day. Located on the Jebel al-Madhbah, it is the most popular tourist attraction in Jordan,
Started by the Nabataean, possibly in the early 300BC, it was sucked into the Roman Empire (as a lot of the civilised world was back in the day).
So take your online gambling casino winnings and take a trip here, the best money you could spend.
This is a must see if you find yourself in Jordan, the entire trip to the city is stunning as well – enjoy!
Derinkuyu underground city – Turkey
Fully formed in the Byzantine era, approximately 780 to 1180AD, these caves can house as many as 20000 people and their livestock and goods. These caves extend at some points to over 200 feet deep, and are the largest excavated cave city in turkey.
The city is connected underground via miles of tunnels to other cities, connecting people across a harsh and dangerous landscape.
So if you land in Turkey, do take the time to visit these caves to be amazed by the sheer grit and inventiveness of Turkish people.
Vardzi – Georgia
These caves are relatively unknown, but that should change as word of their sheer magnitude and mystery spreads. Built in the 12th century as housing, it can house up to 40000 people and their livestock.
Though lacking in grand columns like Petra or quaintness like Setenil de las Bidegas, these caves are well worth a visit for the magnitude and history they offer.
Currently it is home to a few devout monks, but the majority is a museum – so visit now!