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Underground pyramids of Etruscans, Italy

From series “15 Historical Monuments, with Riddles not yet Solved”
The ancient Etruria pyramids were found in Italy. How they have appeared is still a mystery to everyone. The first pyramids were found accidentally under the wine cellar in Orvieto city. The underground halls have pyramided shape. They were made from the huge parts of calcareous sinter. For a long time, these pyramids were unknown because of their location.

Underground pyramids of Etruscans, Italy The upper part of the pyramids was used by locals as a wine cellar. Once in the corridor of such cellar was found some parts of the going down the ladder. There is no doubt that these pyramids were built by Etruria. But we don’t know about the original use of them.

There were also found a number of outstanding artefacts. Among them were the fragments of the pottery of the 5-6 century BC. The artefacts are older than 3 000 years. The researching works haven’t been stopping until today. Even now the researchers didn’t get to the lowest part of the pyramids. Every new earth layer gives some information about the people’s life. Nowadays the searchers have discovered 3 meters of the stone. The researchers claim that these pyramids could be covered with a great layer of lava when the volcano was active. Some specialists say that at the ground of the pyramids might be tombs. Next - Fulachtai Fia

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Top destination around Underground pyramids of Etruscans - Orvieto

The miraculous city of Orvieto is situated in the heart of Italy. This is a truly blessed settlement surrounded by beautiful nature. Vineyards only add charm to this place. Together with silence and harmony, they make Orvieto an attractive destination for a large number of foreign guests. The city is relatively small, nevertheless, local people can be truly proud of their motherland. The atmosphere in Orvieto has obvious mystery, so no wonder why guests of this Italian city are so eager to unleash the secrets of the ancient settlement. An excursion in Orvieto is like a journey to medieval Italy. No progress and changes in modern life could kill that special charm.

The first settlement on the site of modern Orvieto appeared during the antique period. At that time, this city was associated with another important settlement, Velzna. The two cities were important settlements in the Etruscan civilization. In the 3rd century BC, the Romans captured the territory of Orvieto. When the Roman Empire collapsed, the bishop’s residence, which previously had been in Bolsena, was transferred to Orvieto. Goths and Lombards controlled the city until the 10th century. After that, a self-governing commune was established in Orvieto.
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