Just the other day I was on a walk with my mother in law, strolling my baby down the road towards town, when we decided to pop into a metaphysical book store and relax for a bit, smell the incense, and say hello to the Buddha statues. As I was leaving the store I noticed on the counter a big colorful image on the cover of a large hardbound book. The image seemed to be of a magical place from my own imagination – a pristine, mysterious spot that seemed so familiar that I could have created it in my own dreams. The book was about a place I’d never heard of before, a place in Italy called the Temples of Damanhur (constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, the underground rooms are linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet. ) The article previewed below discusses it a bit, but it’s certianly worth investigating on your own down the rabbit hole of the internet where there is plenty to discover about it. Oddly, when I returned home that day from our walk, in my email inbox was a message from a friend with a link to the Temples. Syncronicity!
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.
But it is deep underground, buried into the ancient rock, that the region’s greatest wonders are concealed[…]
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