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12 Strange Forgotten Places in Europe

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From extremely secluded hermit churches, to the biggest communist era monument, these are 12 STRANGE FORGOTTEN PLACES IN EUROPE

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7.Katskhi Pillar

The Katskhi Pillar is limestone monolith located in the central part of Georgia. Locals refer to it as the Pillar of Life and have created quite a few legends about it.

The pillar was first noted by scholars in the 18th century, but no one bothered to climb up there until 1944, it was the first documented ascent of the monolith. By that time, only small ruins remained from the original Church.

Nowadays, the pillar has a small Church, a crypt, and three hermit cells for anyone that wishes to live in total isolation.

6.Jonas Caves

The Jonas Caves are an unique cave system situated in the middle of France. This cave dwelling was originally started by Celts around 400 BC. Since then it has been occupied by villagers, monks, and knights.

During its years in operation, the dwelling amassed 70 rooms spanning 5 floors.

The Jonas Caves complex fell into obscurity and was abandoned at the start of the French Revolution in the 18th Century. With no upkeep, the place became dangerous and visitation dwindled immensely. Nowadays, you can still visit the caves, but beware, further expansion of the system is frowned upon.

5.The Stone Desert

Did you know there is actual deserts in Europe? Crazy, right?

The Bulgarian name for this place is Pobiti Kamuni,which translates to Beaten In Rocks. What makes this place really unique is the rock formations themselves. Every rock is hollow on the bottom, and filled with sand.

From afar, the formations resemble ruins of a great Roman or Byzantine building, but when you get up close and personal, you can really see the strangeness of these rocks.

There are a few theories about WHY these rocks exist, but none have been conclusive in figuring out the exact process behind the phenomenon.

4.Kyrkö Car Cemetery

It is strange to imagine that there is a car cemetery that is NOT located in the U.S. and does NOT have a 67 Mustang FastBack , but places like this DO exist ! The Kyrko car cemetery is located in Sweden and sports a lot of rusted Volvos and SAABs.

The place has become ideal for photo shoots, and people go there just to enjoy looking at the rusted out old cars. In 1998, the Swedish Government wanted to destroy the site and recycle all the metal, buuuut, as it turned out, a lot of people loved the place and petitioned against its destruction. The location got a 49 year permit to exist, so they are safe till 2047.


3.Daniil Sihastrul’s Cave

In the mountains of Romania, there lies a cave, it was used by Daniil Sihastrul, he was an adviser to the King of Romania, and a spiritual guide for the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Due to his popularity Sihastrul decided to live in the middle of nowhere and build this cell. He is considered a Saint, and has been credited with demon exorcisms, removing suffering, and healing the sick.

His actions sparked a hermit movement, and there are many small huts and isolated dwellings all around the mountains of the city of Voronet.

2.Shumen Monument, Bulgaria

The Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria was built in 1981 to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of the First Bulgarian Empire, it is considered to be the biggest and heaviest communist monument on Earth.

The monument has actually been maintained through the years, and even though it might get some visitors, it is not on the top of anyone’s bucket list.

The cubist style structure has stone sculptures of the khans that founded the country and brought it to the size of an empire, although briefly. It is truly a sight to behold, when you walk thru the great hall and notice the giant stone faces staring at you, it makes them feel larger than life.

1.Monastery of the Holy Trinity

This vertigo inducing Monastery is located in Central Greece. It was constructed on a 400m cliff, and it was part of a larger chain of 24 Monasteries in the area. Nowadays, only 6 remain open.

Although people have seen pictures of this place before it is often confused for a Buddhist temple. It is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site, and was even used in a James Bond film in the 80’s.

The popularity of the Monastery dwindled down, then began rising again because of its popularity on social media.

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