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What It Looks Like to Actually Live Under a Rock

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It's 2015 and cave living is still all the rage in Setenil de las Bodegas, a small town in the southwestern Spanish province of Cádiz. Lodged against a rocky river gorge, the hilly setting had been inhabited at least as early as 1st century AD and became a Moorish colony by 12th century. Today, roughly 3,000 people live amongst this sloping field of white-washed houses, many of which are built right into the natural caves of the gorge. As it turns out, living under a rock has tangible advantages, notably convenient, natural climate control. In fact, the "bodega" (Spanish for "cellar") part of the town's name comes from a history of local inhabitants storing produce in the cool spaces under the rocks.


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· Living Under a Rock: Setenil de las Bodegas [ArchDaily]
· A 55-Ton Rock Fell on This House So Now It's a Tourist Spot [Curbed]