Several of the impressive megalithic buildings around the world were erected by the ancient Atlantean civilization. But not only that, in times so immemorial when the world was physically unstable, this race built fantastic tunnel systems in which to take refuge if necessary, both from the onslaught of nature and from the attacks of outer space.
At least that is how the ufologist William Francis Brinsley Le Poer Trench (1911-1995), 8th Earl of Clancarty, 7th Marquis de Heusden believed, who in 1974 wrote the book The Secret of the Ages: UFOs from inside of Earth, elaborating on this and other issues related to the Hollow Earth hypothesis.
To begin with, in his book Le Poer Trench he quotes the famous Erich von Däniken and his Gold of the Gods to refer to “a gigantic system of tunnels, thousands of miles long” that extends below Ecuador and Peru. This system of interconnected caves and tunnels was discovered by Juan Moricz in 1965.
Von Däniken related that a tunnel led to a large hall where there were stone and metal objects, including statues of many types of animals made of solid gold. Additionally, there was a metal library consisting of metal plates (sheets) with writing in an unknown language, which Moricz believed contained a history of mankind and details about a vanished civilization.
According to the cited author, “the tunnels under Ecuador and Peru have walls that are smooth and often appear to be polished,” which would suggest that they had not been cut with rudimentary tools, but with much more sophisticated means. In Von Daniken’s words:
«… If the drill hit exceptionally hard geological strata, these could be destroyed with a few well-aimed shots from the weapon. The thermally armored drill would then attack the resulting blocks and heat the rubble mass to the liquid state. As soon as the liquid rock cooled, it would form a diamond-hard enamel. The tunnel system would be safe against water infiltration and camera mounts would be superfluous. ‘
Atlantis: The Shelter From War?
Towards the end of El Oro de Los Dioses, the Swiss author proposed a very interesting theory about a specific reason why ancient civilizations like the Atlantean – direct descendants of ancient astronauts – built the tunnels. This is something quite apart from the dangers of seismic activity that Le Poer Trench himself also mentions as a threat.
Von Däniken suggests that in ancient times a cosmic battle took place between human-like beings. The losers apparently escaped in a spaceship – although the count attributes more than one spaceship to them – and took refuge on Earth, where they were forced to wear “gas masks” in order to withstand and adapt to the new atmosphere – hence the rock art that represents beings with “helmets” and “breathing apparatus” -.
The author then states that these fugitives, endowed with all the technological advances, “dived deep into the earth and made the tunnel systems” out of fear of their pursuers.
Later, and to hide their position even better, they established transmission stations on the fifth planet of our solar system, which then existed between Mars and Jupiter. The enemy, deceived by this ruse and believing that the signals betrayed the fugitives, bombards the aforementioned planet until its complete destruction. Debris from the exploded world spread across what is now called the asteroid belt. This area is made up of thousands of asteroids and small pieces of stones. “Planets don’t explode by themselves, someone makes them explode!” Says Däniken
Le Poer Trench adds in his book that, if it really happened like this, the weapons used in those ancient times were even more lethal than those of our day and would explain the withering “bolts” of Zeus and other “gods” with truly destructive capabilities.
In addition, he points out that the gravitational disruptions generated in the solar system by the loss of the fifth planet were responsible for a tilt of the Earth’s axis and the universal flood described by so many ancient cultures.
Underground Tunnels in South America
The ufologist of the last century then quotes the Italian journalist Peter Kolosimo and his work Timeless Earth, where he mentions a system of tunnels that connects Lima with Cuzco, and from there continue to the Bolivian border.
According to the Kolosimo, these tunnels present a fascinating archaeological problem. “Scholars agree that they were not manufactured by the Incas themselves, who used them but ignored their origin. In fact, they are so imposing that it does not seem absurd to conjecture, as some scientists have done, that they are the work of an unknown race of giants, “he writes.
On the other hand, the British Harold T. Wilkins, in his book Mysteries of Ancient South America, was probably describing the same tunnel system when he declared:
«One of the entrances to the great tunnels was, and still is, near the old Cuzco, but it is masked so as not to be discovered. This hidden path leads directly to a huge “subway”, which goes from Cuzco to Lima, in a straight line, a distance of 380 miles! Then, turning south, the great tunnel extends into what, until about 1868, was modern Bolivia, about 900 miles! ‘
Wilkins also referred to some tunnels in the West Indies:
«Strange tunnels of incredible antiquity and unknown origin caught the attention of Christopher Columbus when he visited Martinique, in the West Indies. To be sure, the Atlantean white race built splendid cities on what are now islands of the West Indies, but which, at that distant date, may have been part of the now submerged American continent, whose name is commemorated in the word: “Antilles.”
A curious old-world Asian tradition is that old Atlantis had a network of tunnels and labyrinthine passages that ran in all directions, on the day when the land bridge between the submerged land and Africa on the one hand and old Brazil on the other existed. In Atlantis, the tunnels were used for necromantic and black magic cults.
Kolosimo, for his part, noted that tunnel systems are found all over the world. In addition to South America, he listed California, Virginia, Hawaii, Oceania, and Asia. In Europe, there are tunnels in Sweden, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia; and, in the Mediterranean area, in the Balearic Islands and Malta.
“A huge tunnel, some thirty miles of which have been explored, runs between Spain and Morocco, and many believe that this is how the ‘Barbary monkeys’, otherwise unknown in Europe, came to Gibraltar,” he wrote the Italian. “It has even been suggested that these cyclopean galleries form a network connecting the most distant parts of our planet.”
Wilkins has more to tell us about the old tunnel systems:
“Among the tribes of Inner Mongolia, even today, there are traditions about tunnels and underground worlds that sound as fantastic as anything in modern novels. A legend – if that’s it! – says that the tunnels lead to an underworld of antediluvian descent, somewhere in a nook in Afghanistan, or in the region of the Hindu Kush.
He is even given a name: Agharta. Legend adds that a maze of tunnels and subterranean passages extends in a series of links that connect Agharta with all the other subterranean worlds. The underworld, it is said, is illuminated by a strange green luminescence that favors the growth of crops and favors the duration of days and health.
This last story is of special interest to Le Poer Trench, who draws a parallel with another Kolosimo writing that talks about a similar fluorescence in another part of the world.
In Timeless Earth it is read that “a strange bottomless pit in Azerbaijan” has walls where “a bluish light comes out and strange noises are heard”, adding that after investigating and exploring, “scientists found a complete system of tunnels that connected with others in Georgia and throughout the Caucasus. ‘
After describing these tunnels, which are on a regular basis and, he claimed, almost identical to others in Central America, Kolosimo goes on to say that they are part of a huge system that even connects with Iran and, furthermore, with the tunnels of China, Tibet, and Mongolia.
Now, as for Wilkins’s account of an underworld called Agharta, which was said to be illuminated by a strange green luminescence, Kolosimo has this to say:
“Tibetans believe that the tunnels are citadels, the last of which still offers refuge to the survivors of an immense cataclysm. This unknown town is said to make use of an underground energy source that replaces that of the sun, causing plants to reproduce and prolong human life. It is supposed to emit a green fluorescence, and it is curious that we also find this idea in American legends.
Thus, Le Poer Trench concludes that the Atlanteans and their descendants built tunnel systems throughout the world for various purposes. In the first place, to protect against attacks from nature, then very common, in the form of seismic activity and floods, and secondly, as protection in case of being attacked from outer space:
“Most of these fantastic tunnels were built in ways that exceed our current capabilities. For years England and France have been talking about the idea of a Channel Tunnel. However, it seems that the ancients built the amazing tunnels of their time as something natural, and on a large scale, for good and imperative reasons.
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