Remarkable Cave Houses, Including the Homes that Inspired Tolkien

The Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel, Urgup, Cappadocia, Turkey - 1 of 3

By Vincze Miklós from io9.com:

Forget putting up four walls and a roof; these homes use the stony walls of natural and human-made caves to shelter their inhabitants from the storm. Check out these incredible rocky homes, from ancient cave dwelling to modern house, to the buildings that may have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbiton.

 

The Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel, Urgup, Cappadocia, Turkey

The Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel, Urgup, Cappadocia, Turkey - 2 of 3

This hotel is a combination of six cave houses with a total of 39 rooms from the 5th and 6th centuries and a 200-year-old Greek mansion.

The Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel, Urgup, Cappadocia, Turkey - 3 of 3

(via Yunak Evleri Press Room)

Cave homes and a chapel in Louresse-Rochemenier, France

Cave homes and a chapel in Louresse-Rochemenier, France - 1 of 3

Cave homes and a chapel in Louresse-Rochemenier, France - 2 of 3

Cave homes and a chapel in Louresse-Rochemenier, France - 3 of 3

(via Wikimedia Commons/Pymouss44, Tango7174 and GaMip)

Ancient Cliff Houses of Guyaju, near Zhangshanying, China

Ancient Cliff Houses of Guyaju, near Zhangshanying, China

This complex has 131 rooms that were carved into the mountain cliff. These multi-story homes have ventilation holes, water drainage, and heating systems.

(via sarakatrina)

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