The weirder-the better, it seems. Humans love to prove it to themselves that they can make any place suitable for living conditions. It doesn’t matter if that place is a cliff, an abandoned lighthouse or a sea fort. We’re like cockroaches. Well, worse, actually. Cockroaches don’t pollute.
The Principality of Sealand
The Principality of Sealand is considered to be a micro-nation, and even the world’s smallest sovereign state. It has its own passport and currency and representation for various sporting events. That wouldn’t be as strange as it is, if Sealand wasn’t a sea fort! To be more precise, it’s an old WW II Maunsell Sea Fort, about 13km off the island of Great Britain.
The platform was first occupied by Major Paddy Roy Bates, a famous figure in British pirate radio, in September 1967. He occupied it so he could broadcast Radio Essex from the site. After that, the fort went through an invasion, a hostage crisis, hashish smuggler, a passport scandal, a minor diplomatic crisis with Germany and the assassination of Gianni Versace.
That sea fort sure is busy. No wonder it keeps on attracting people.
Florence has one remarkably ludicrous bridge. It’s known as the Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge) and it spans the Arno River. This particular bridge (it had two misfortunate predecessors) was built in 1345AD, and the unusual thing about it is that it’s one of the few surviving bridges that have tenanted shops built along its span.
It is rumored that some shops still have small apartments above them, where shop owners may actually live. How romantic… and slightly claustrophobic.
Matmâta is located 355km to the south of Tunis and its proof of man’s stubbornness.
The inhabitants have dug deep pits and then tunneled into the side walls, thus creating homes for themselves.
The site, which probably dates back to the Roman period, was not discovered until the 1960’s.
There are numerous stories about why the Berbers of this region started building their homes like this; some say that it was to hide from the invading Egyptians and some say that the pits were already here and that they were home to desert monsters.
Either way, it is truly a wonderful thing to see. We guess. You probably know the place as the location for Luke Sky Walker’s home on the planet Tatooine. That surely boosted the real-estate prices.