HOME A Look Inside One of Iran’s Last Underground Cave Villages Published 2 years ago on Jun 1, 2017 By Lyn Kelly For most people, when the weather gets cold, they turn on the heat. Others build fires. But in Maymand, Iran, it has been the tradition for over 10,000 years to go underground. One of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran is this ancient village, located 900 km. south of Tehran. The village is filled with caves that were carved out of soft rock. BBC The ancient caves served as underground homes for people in the village so they would be able to live and adapt to the extremely cold weather in Maymand during the winter season. There, they stayed underground to avoid the bone-chilling winds and stay warm. However, during summer and early fall, they move to houses with grass thatch roofs to help them survive the almost unbearable heat. While there were originally 400 caves built 100 centuries ago, only 90 of them remain intact and habitable today. Each cave measures about two meters in height and twenty square meters in area. Naturally, sizes of the caves differ but the large ones can even hold up to seven rooms. Rodolfo Contreras People may have lived in the ancient village continuously for over 2,000 years but the manner of cave living in the past compared to the present are extremely different. The current 150 inhabitants of the caves have updated their homes to suit a modern lifestyle. The underground homes are equipped with electricity, allowing the dwellers to use modern appliances like refrigerators and televisions. Water supply and ventilation remain a problem, though, as there is no running water. Even though the villagers have adopted a fairly modern lifestyle, an increasing number of residents no longer prefer living in caves. Most of them travel and live in neighboring towns to survive the cold winter rather than live underground and only come back to the village during the summer season. BBC The decreasing population of Maymand’s ancient cave village has prompted the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization to work on increasing awareness of Maymand and its residents’ unique lifestyle. To date, the 10,000-year-old cave village is receiving more tourists every day especially since certain caves were made available for visitors to stay in. UP NEXT Can You Identify These States by Their Nicknames? Most Americans ... Related Topics:ancienthobitiranmaymandundergroundunderground homesvillage Up Next Man Learns Priceless Life Lessons While Traveling the World on Almost No Money Continue Reading You may like These Amazing Old Pictures of Iran Will Blow Your Mind This 83-Year-Old Decided to Stash 42 Buses Underground Are We on the Brink of World War III? 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