The man – an amazing creature. It can survive in the harshest conditions. But some people manage to not only survive, but to live for years in a very unusual places. Hanging monasteries, caves, bridges, houses made of stone … In this issue you will find dozens of unusual places in which people live or lived.
1. Al-Hajar, Yemen.
This city wall was built on top of a cliff in the mountains of western Yemen, Sana’a province. The history of this place is so old that even the local residents do not know when the first settlers arrived here.
2. Syuankun-raw, China.
In China, there are the 5 most sacred mountains, and the mountain Heng, located in Shanxi Province, is one of them. Next to it is the monastery grounds Syuankun-raw, which literally translates as “monastery in the air”, though more often it is called Hanging Monastery. This place is of interest not only among historians but also among architects,
3. Cappadocia, Turkey.
This strange place is the oldest of those where people have lived continuously. Currently, there live about 2500 people, usually in monasteries and churches. Among the attractions of Turkey is one of the most visited places.
4. Meteora, Greece.
In the heart of Greece, are meteors, which literally means “rock in the air.” On top of the pillars were erected six religious centers. One of the most famous centers – Roussanou monastery. It was built by two brothers – Maxim and Joasaph (Joseph) – in 1545 and is dedicated to Saint Barbara.
5. Setenil de las Bodegas, Spain.
It’s amazing how people today are finding unusual places and ways to build homes. Setenil de las Bodegas just refers to those unusual places. These houses were built and rebuilt over the centuries and inhabited by people today.
6. Cashier to Penedo, Portugal.
In a literal sense, the name “Casa de Pend” is translated as “house of stone”. The object is located in the mountains Favi, northern Portugal. This house was built in 1974 as an engineer, was inspired by the natural beauty of the area. Due to its isolation Cash scholarships are often the target of vandalism and looting. The unusual design attracts a lot of tourists that go beyond looking into the window, and try to get inside without permission.
7. Ponte Vecchio , Italy.
Town, known as the Ponte Vecchio, or old bridge, is in Florence on the Arno River. This bridge was built in 1345. Makes it unique is that it is one of the few bridges where there are shops and cafes.
8. Matmata, Tunisia.
This place is located at 355 kilometers from the capital Tunis. The locals dug deep holes in the ground and then dug tunnels between them, turning to the underground settlement. The age of this town is calculated from the ancient Punic Wars. Its existence remained virtually unchanged until 1960.
9. The Principality of Sealand.
This unusual place is in neutral waters near the British Isles. Some researchers have called Sealand unrecognized sovereign state, the smallest in the world. In fact, it’s just an old sea fort.
10. John of croup.
This is almost the most northern point of the island of Great Britain. The place is especially popular in the summer. Striking rock inspired many artists and writers, who come here in search of inspiration. In winter it is a harsh and difficult life.