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Coolest Underground Wonders: Edinburgh Vaults, Scotland

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Edinburgh Vaults, Scotland

Crossing the Cowgate in Old Town Edinburgh, the South Street Bridge doesn’t seem like a bridge at all, seamlessly connecting two hills while hiding an underground world beneath. Eighteenth-century merchants set up storefronts at street level—some 31 feet above the actual ground—while 120 cramped, airless vaults below the viaduct first housed tradesmen (cobblers, smelters) before turning into a vice-ridden slum. Witness to murder, rape, kidnapping by devil-worshipping men, and even death by roasting, they’re now reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the world. visitscotland.com

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