Most people know about the Paris Catacombs. But have you heard of the enormous labyrinth of underground catacombs in Ukraine?
The Ukraine catacombs, called the Odessa Catacombs are huge. They’re essentially an underground network of passes that altogether span a staggering distance. Altogether, the entire distance of the labyrinth is 2,500 kilometres (1,600 mi). That’s approximately the width of the entire USA.
Just look at this map. This is only a small piece…
Its essentially a dark underground maze of never-ending tunnels with nothing but stone walls, old mining equipment and small ponds.
Nobody has ever mapped the entire underground space because it’s simply too big. It would take an entire team to map out the area properly.
The Odessa Catacombs was originally a stone mine, which later became abandoned. After it was abandoned, it was used by smugglers to move illegal goods during wartime and even acted as a bomb shelter in the Cold War. Today, areas of the catacombs have been found to be secret storage places for locals.
The unsettling story of Masha, the lost girl of the Odessa Catacombs
Masha was a student visiting Odessa that went drinking on New Years Eve in 2005. After the party, Masha and her friends decided to visit the catacombs and do some lite exploring, without going very far into the tunnels. Once back at the entrance, they decided to spend the night there until the sun came up the next morning.
The following morning, the group of friends exited the mouth of the entrance. However, Masha was nowhere to be found. Her friends searched and even went back into the catacombs as far as they could safely go in search of her, with no luck. The details of how she went missing are unclear, even by the people she was with, mainly because drinking was involved.
Masha was reported missing.
Two years later, a small group of people on a guided trip came across Masha’s remains. According to the location where she was found, scientists estimate that she had spent three days wandering the caves while she was lost underground. They calculated the distance of where she went missing, to the distance of where she was found. They determined that she eventually died of dehydration and exhaustion. That’s a bad hangover.
Below we share the picture of Masha’s remains.
Brace yourself, the following photo is not child appropriate.
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