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The real-life Flintstones house: Holiday home is carved between four granite boulders and comes with a swimming pool and bulletproof windows (but there’s no electricity)

This is one house where holidaymakers could have a yabba dabba do time.
Known as Casa do Penedo, or House of Stone, this bizarre dwelling in northern Portugal’s Fafe Mountains has earned a reputation as a real-life ‘Flintstones house’.

But its allure goes beyond its resemblance to stone houses from the classic animated TV series – it has bulletproof doors and windows, and a swimming pool.

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Known as Casa do Penedo, or House of Stone, this bizarre dwelling in northern Portugal has earned a reputation as a ‘Flintstones house’
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Located in Portugal’s Fafe Mountains, the home is nestled between four granite boulders and overlooks a picturesque valley

Nestled between four granite boulders, the extraordinary house is perched on a mountain at an elevation of nearly 2,600ft.
Once used as a holiday home by a family, it has become a growing tourist attraction after it was transformed into a local museum.
Yet it’s not exactly clear why the original owners required bulletproof doors and windows.
Portuguese photographer Ricardo Oliveira Mateus, 34, recently returned to the 16.5-ft tall house to capture its unusual character.

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Once used as a holiday home by a family, the house has become a growing tourist attraction after it was transformed into a museum

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Casa do Penedo has bulletproof doors and windows, and a swimming pool carved into one of the large granite boulders
He said: ‘It was built from four large boulders that serve as the foundation, walls and ceiling of the house.
‘Its construction began in 1972 and lasted about two years.
‘The house is fairly well equipped although there is no electricity it does have a fireplace and even a swimming pool which has been carved out of one of the large rocks.’
Ricardo said the stone house is now a small museum of relics and photographs from Penedo’s history.
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Photographer Ricardo Oliveira Mateus said the stone house is now a small museum of relics and photographs from Penedo’s history
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Even though a wind farm is located nearby, the house does not have any electricity; former occupants used candles at night

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Casa do Penedo earned its ‘Flintstones’ nickname due to its resemblance to stone houses from the classic animated TV series
He added: ‘Due to its unusual design and integration into the surrounding nature, the building has become a growing tourist attraction.
‘As a kid I got the chance to meet the owner of the house and to go inside house for a few minutes.
‘I remember being really impressed by the house architecture and the magnificent view around it.’
The Flintstones was an American cartoon created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera which ran from 1960 to 1966.
At one time The Flintstones was the longest running prime time animated weekly series. That record was broken by The Simpsons in 1997.
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Ricardo Oliveira Mateus said the home has become a tourist draw ‘due to its unusual design and integration into the surrounding nature’

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With bulletproof doors and windows, the ‘Flintstones house’ may be the most impregnable yet bizarre dwelling on the planet

Source : dailymail.co.uk

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