Commissioned by fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini during World War II, the Mount Soratte bunker is a truly an amazing structure. The underground bunker was created by removing 10,000+ square feet of stone and rock. It stretched for nearly three miles and was dubbed the largest bunker in Europe. It took workers four and a half years to make this mind-blowing structure. Its purpose during the war was to shelter Italian generals, government leaders and secret documents.
Besides its purpose, the Mount Soratte bunker holds a few mysteries. A popular rumor suggests its later occupiers; the soldiers of Nazi Germany buried around 75 tons of gold bars somewhere in the complex tunnels of the bunker.
Located around twenty seven miles north of Rome, this deep bunker boasted two massive iron doors. The fascist government hid the bunker’s true purpose – telling people that it was a factory site which housed agricultural and military equipment.
During that terrible time, the Germans invaded Italy after the latter surrendered to the Allied Powers. The Germans didn’t want their former ally’s country to be under the control of the Allies. The bunker was repurposed into the headquarters of the “Wehrmacht” – the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
The commander stationed here was General Field Marshall Albert Kesselring.
The area within Mount Soratte bunker was so large that they were able to fit a restaurant and a movie theatre inside!
As rumors suggest, German troops supposedly stole gold from the Bank of Italy and hid the gold somewhere within the bunker.
According to a report by news.com.au, architect Gregory Paolucci of head of the Bunker Soratte Association believes there might be two kilometers in the bunker that haven’t been explored yet.
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The Bunker Soratte Association gives tourists a tour of the bunker. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find some secret gold the next time you visit!