Worn books, hidden paths, striking vistas, and displaced machinery- an accumulation of images from, inspired by, and relevant to the ages of Myst.

abandoned limestone quarry | Belgium

photography by Martino Zegwaard

limestone quarry and chapel | Netherlands

photography by Martino Zegwaard

Salina Turda | Transylvania, Romania

Salina Turda is a centuries-old salt mine in Romania that has been converted into an underground tourist attraction complete with rides, a museum, and health spa. Visitors to the mine can go boating on an underground lake, attend a concert in a 180-seat amphitheater, and ride a carousel deep within a salt cavern. [ x ]

submission by Nathan

(Source: salinaturda.eu)

Crystal Cave | Bermuda

photos by Jason Duncan

I’m queueing up a heavier post load over the next couple of days as an reminder to spread the word and contribute to the Obduction Kickstarter campaign!  This blog wouldn’t exist without the minds over at Cyan, so I owe ‘em a whole lot.

(Source: Flickr / jasonduncan)

artificial cavern for a future 2nd street subway stop | January 2013, NYC

photos by Patrick Cashin

(Source: Flickr / mtaphotos)

artificial cavern for a future 2nd street subway stop | April 2013, NYC

photos by Patrick Cashin

(Source: Flickr / mtaphotos)

mysticplaces:

Carsten Peter, Hang Son Doong, 2011

At a mammoth 2.5 miles long, 330ft wide and almost 800ft high, Hang Son Doong also known as Mountain River Cave, is as high as 25 double decker buses.

…Well, I guess someone found D’ni.  That was easy.

I’ve had several people submit various links/versions of Hang Son Doong over the past few days, so I’m just going to reblog it because it is still AMAZING.

Grotta Palazzese | Polignano a Mare, Italy

You know, just like that one time when Gehn turned Temple Island into a swank resort & spa.

(Source: grottapalazzese.it)

Majlis al Jinn | Selma Plateau, Oman

Majlis al Jinn also Majlis al-Jinn (meeting/gathering place of the Jinn), local name: Khoshilat Maqandeli is the ninth largest cave chamber in the world, as measured by the surface area of the floor, [though it] ranks higher when measured by volume.

photos by Yousef Tuquan, submission by teal-deer

(Source: Flickr / youseftuqan)

Kandovan village | East Azerbaijan, Iran

(Source: heritageinstitute.com)