Catacombs of Jihlava

The world of dungeons is always connected with mystery, caves and grottos, abandoned mines and tunnels beckon their seekers , hoping to open another find or solve an ancient riddle. Of particular interest are underground artificial structures, among which a special place is occupied by the catacombs of Jihlava. These catacombs are located near the town of Jihlava, founded by German colonists as early as the thirteenth century in South Moravia, Czech Republic. The network of underground corridors with an area of more than 5 hectares stretches for 25 km in length and more than 12 m in depth.

Of particular interest are underground artificial structures, among which a special place is occupied by the catacombs of Jihlava

The origin of the catacombs is still controversial. One version claims that they originated in the time of the development of silver mines by German colonists, the other - that they dug out the inhabitants of the city, to hide there in fires and during wars. On the first of the three floors of the catacombs were stored water and food, which allowed people to hide underground for a very long time and come to the surface at night, attacking the enemies unawares. In the middle of the last century, the catacombs collapsed to such an extent that some of the city streets of Jihlava began to simply collapse, which caused the need to strengthen the walls of buildings.

The catacombs of Jihlava are shrouded in secrets and legends

The catacombs of Jihlava are shrouded in secrets and legends. The organ sounds, ghosts and other supernatural phenomena that are heard at midnight in one of the corridors of medieval underground tunnels are associated with the mysterious power of the catacombs for centuries. Scientists who previously rejected as "unscientific" ancient legends about mysterious dungeons, are forced to pay attention to new and new reliable testimonies. In the summer of 1996 in Jihlava an archaeological expedition worked, which concluded that the local catacombs hide secrets that science can not solve yet. Scientists have testified that several times in the place mentioned by the legends they clearly heard sounds organ. The underground passage, where it happened, is located at 11 meters depth and near it there is not a single room where such a tool could be located, so that the possibility of an accidental error is excluded. Psychologists who examined eyewitnesses reject the possibility of a mass auditory hallucination.

The main sensation was the discovery by archeologists of the "glowing ladder" in one of the least surveyed underground passages, the existence of which even local old-timers did not know. There was discovered a stone staircase made in the early Middle Ages, from which a bright light comes out in the darkness. Taken samples of the material did not confirm the presence of phosphorus or other phosphors. According to eyewitnesses, at first glance, the staircase does not make an impression - nothing special, but gradually it begins to radiate a growing reddish-orange light. Even if you turn off the lantern aimed at the ladder - the glow of the staircase does not stop, its intensity does not decrease. In addition to the stairs, a whole corridor was found, the walls of which were shone with a luminescent greenish light, so bright that it could be read. Mysteries of the Jihlava catacombs are waiting for their researchers, who are yet to unravel this mystery, as new scientific studies of the dungeons have not yet been reported.

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