Unique cellars look like hobbit houses

They keep a stable temperature all year long.

(Source: TASR/Oliver Ondráš)
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The unique cellars for potatoes and vegetables in the village of Liptovská Teplička are a big lure for tourists.

Hundreds of visitors come to see the cellars in hobbit-like constructions dug into limestone soil. They keep a stable temperature between 2 and 6 Celsius degrees the whole year.

The mayor of the village, Slavomír Kopáč, said that cellars are inherited from generation to generation while their origin is connected with the establishment of the village. The oldest written mention of the village is from 1643, Spiš Korzár reported. There are about 400 cellars.

“Visitors enter a cellar by climbing down a narrow ladder, moving backwards,” the mayor said, as quoted by Spiš Korzár.

The cellar interiors recall the shape of a pear – the wider part is in the bottom and it narrows on the way into an exit. They close with a small door and there is a tiny roof above the cellar, sunken in the ground. The cellars are like small houses. In winter, they are isolated by straw to maintain the constant temperature.

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