Home is a one word substitution for dwelling cradle of humans. It is a safe haven where one can relax, enjoy and celebrate. After a long and tiring day at work, everyone likes to relax, sleep and chill out at their homes. Thus, everyone likes to decorate this heaven on earth in their own way. Some people like to build their houses on beaches while some go for hilltops and mountains. Whatever be the location of the house, everyone wishes that their house should be the most beautiful and comfortable place of the world.
However, there are some people who like to go out of the line and make their homes in some of the weirdest locations of the world. One such weird location where many people live is under a big giant rock. Yes it’s true; there are some people who find their comforting place under a rock. Living under a rock may not be comfortable but there are people who find it more peaceful than a beautiful beach or a snow covered mountain. In this article we have discussed some of these weird houses which were or are inhibited by people.
The House of Stone, Fafe, Portugal
Situated on the center of a beautiful Portuguese countryside, this house consists of a roof, windows, door, and a chimney. As seen in the picture, this house is beautifully sandwiched between two big rocks. The interior of this stone house is simple and elegant that makes a strong architectural statement. Though once believed to be fake, this house exists in real according to an article of Daily Mail. Whether real or fake, it reminds us of The Flinstones.
Festus Cave House, Festus, Missouri
This two story house built under a big rock is one of the weirdest locations to live. Once a sandstone mine, this location has seen a lot of transformation after 1960s. In 1960, this cave was turned into a roller rink where big legends like Bob Segar and Ted Nugent performed. In 2004, the rink was changed into a three bedroom hardwood floor home by Curt Sleeper.
Nottingham Cave Houses, East Midlands, England
Situated on the north side of river Trent lie the cave houses of the Saxon settlement. These cave houses stand on Triassic sandstone. However, with the expansion of Nottingham many of these cave houses were destroyed. It is believed that these cave houses were used as a store houses for liquids as the temperature was constant in these caves. These cave houses have been declared as a historic and cultural heritage.
Pueblo cliff dwellings, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Believed to be built in the 1190s, these cliff dwellings were built by Ancestral Puebloans. This construction consists of about 150 rooms. These cliff dwellings are one of the best preserved historical heritages of North America. One main reason for their beautiful preservation is the huge cliff acting as a roof for these dwellings. These cliff dwellings were discovered by the cowboys in 1880s.
Casa Malaparte, Capri, Italy
Located on the Isle of Capri, this beautiful structure is a masterpiece of architecture. It was built by Cruzio Malaparte in 1937. However, it was abandoned after the death of Cruzio Malaparte. In 1972, it was donated to the Foundation Giorgio Ronchi and today it is used for study and some cultural events in Italy.
Kandovan Village, Azerbaijan Province, Iran
Kandovan is a rural village located in a remote northwestern site of Iran. This village is another example of human cliff dwellings which is still inhibited by humans. These cliff dwellings are known as “Karan” in local language which translates to a plural of beehive in English language. This village is more than 700 years old.
Marhala Hotel, Matmata, Tunisia
Now turned into a hotel this cave dwelling was home for troglodytes. Located in the town of Matmata in Tunisia, this hotel is famous for providing a unique experience to its customers. The hotel has preserved the integrity of cave dwellings perfectly. However, the only discomfort that customers face in lodging in this ancient cave is the lack of basic amenities.
Miners’ homes, Klein, Montana
This small house built adjacent to a shallow rock may look like a hobbits home, but it exists in real. There are several such houses in Klein which were built using sandstone. These houses were built by the miners who used to live in these houses. These homes of miners are heavily insulated and protected from cold winds.
Underground Hotel Coober Pedy, South Australia
Coober Pedy is popularly known as the Opal Capital of the World. However, there is one more thing that it is famous for. The bizarre underground dwellings are another unique feature of this town. There are many underground hotels, motels and restraints in this town. These underground dwellings were not created by any ancient people but have been developed by modern people of Cooper Pedy to give a unique holiday experience to its tourists.
Spanish Town of Setenil
Setenil de las Bodegas is a village in Spain famous for its built into rock dwellings. This town belongs to one of the hottest regions of Spain so its inhabitants decided to pick a cool place to build their homes. So, they took shelter under big rocks and constructed their homes under these big rocks. This village is also famous as one of the typically white villages as all the constructions are painted white.
These weird houses built under rocks remind us of the Stone Age and cave man. If you liked this article then do not forget to leave your comments and reviews in the comments section.