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12 Hobbit Houses to Make You Consider Moving Underground

Cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and protected from the elements, earthen shelters—or hobbit houses—aren't just for Bilbo in the Shire.
Joyce Reynolds
Joyce Reynolds • 1 year ago

Iranian Troglodyte Homes~The Iranian village of Kandovan is usually described as a "gigantic termite colony". Volcanic rock formed a small group of cone-like caves that eventually attracted human inhabitants. The small town, like many of the other underground dwellings on this list, has become a veritable tourist destination.

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Kandovan (Candovan) is a tourist village located near the city of Tabriz, in Iran. Legend says the first inhabitants of Kandovan moved here to escape from the invading mongols, They dug hideouts in the volcanic rock and ultimately ended up transforming them into permanent houses. It is now one of Iran‘s most popular tourist destinations and the rock-houses rival the famous Cappadocia Hotel. Read more at www.odditycentral...

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Kandovan, Iran, 13th century, eastern Iranian province of Azerbaijan. cone-shaped, naturally formed compressed volcanic ash formations that make the landscape look like a gigantic termite colony. troglodytes. They are generally 2 to 4 floors high, that has an animal shelter in the ground floor and the upper floors are used as living rooms, keeping the top most room for storage. To keep the caves remain cool in summer and warm in winter hardens pillar was used to build the caves