This is the question asked at the start of the most epic sales video ever. Standing alone in a quiet valley in the Czech Republic, and bordered by countryside, the estate is surrounded by high walls and is not visible at ground level, because, well, The Oppidum is a massive 323 ooo square foot residential doomsday shelter.
The largest of its kind in the world, it is more than just an underground bunker. Paired with an above-ground residential estate, the compound is protected by multiple high-security systems, and strong communications with the outside world.
The Oppidum will be more than an underground bunker for dangerous times. It provides an above-ground residential estate in which the owners can maintain a high standard of living in a secluded area above ground during times of potential danger.
Oppidum comes from the Greek word meaning “the main settlement in any administrative area of ancient Rome” and well, this bunker will become just that in times of threat – ranging from terrorists to zombies.
But it’s not only suitable for one family: It features one large 6,750 sf apartment and six 1,720 sf apartments.
The construction of the ‘secret’ facility began in 1984 as a joint venture between the governments of then Czechoslovakia and The Soviet Union because of the heightened world tension. It will allow occupants to survive for up to ten years.
The bunker will be able to provide long-term accommodation for residents – up to 10 years if necessary – without the need for external supplies.
This would involve large-scale stocks of non-perishable food and water, along with water purification equipment, medical supplies, surgical facilities, and communication networks with the outside world.
Rooms include children’s bedrooms, a bathroom with jacuzzi, a cinema room, games room, swimming pool, gym, spa and a bar – and even a garden with simulated natural light.