by David Leeflang in Architecture on Tuesday 27 November 2012

The year was 1977, and Oberto Airaudi (who prefers the name ‘Falco’) and a small band of merry men began digging in the valley of Valchiusella, in northern Italy. The plan was to build a series of nine ornate temples, over five levels and 100 feet below the surface, later dubbed the Temples of Damanhur. The temple designs came from visions Falco (who, by the way, didn’t record Rock Me Amadeus) had experienced from a young age of a past life, a world of beauty in an advanced civilisation. Hmmm, I wonder what kind of mushrooms grow on the foothills of the Alps?