Temples of Damanhur

Nestling in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, lies the valley of Valchiusella. Peppered with medieval villages, the hillside scenery is certainly picturesque… Here, 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret – one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed ‘the Eighth Wonder of the World’ by the Italian government. For weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away.

This undertaking is a bit of a jaw dropper — I’ve nothing to add, so have a look at the photos — be prepared for some 300,000 cubic feet of surprises. For reference, Big Ben is some 15,000 cubic feet.