Derinkuyu Caves an underground city to explore
Derinkuyu underground city an ancient
multi-level underground city in the Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir
Province, Turkey. Extending to a depth of approximately 60 m, it is
large enough to have sheltered approximately 20,000 people together
with their livestock and food stores, in the past.
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In 1963 A Turkish Man Knocked Down A Wall In His Home... What He Found Next Was Unbelievable.
It's exciting enough to hear of people finding decades-old newspapers when decorating, but this tale takes things to a whole other level (quite literally!).
In 1963 a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey was renovating his house when he made an incredible discovery. Upon knocking down a wall, he discovered a secret room which led to something pretty spectacular...
This man had inadvertently stumbled upon the ancient underground city of Derinkuyu.
Derinkuyu was a multi level underground city that started out as a few caves, finally reaching its spectacular completion in the Byzantine era.
Its purpose was to offer protection during the Byzantine wars which raged from 780-1180.
Approximately 60m in depth, the city could accommodate 20,000 people as well as livestock.
The city boasted stables, cellars, storage rooms, chapels, and even wine and oil presses.
There was also a school, ventilation shaft and fresh water.
This was a place where people could really survive.
Heavy stone doors were built to protect the underground fortress.
There were also escape tunnels leading to other underground cities tunnelled into the rock throughout Cappadocia. Derinkuyu was one of many cities of its kind.
The tunnels were used once more when locals sought refuge from Ottoman persecution in the early 1900s.
They were abandoned in 1923, remaining untouched until the unintentional rediscovery.
In 1969 they were opened to visitors and remain a tourist attraction to the present day. That's one to add to the bucket list for sure!
The underground city at Derinkuyu could be closed from the inside
with large stone doors. Each floor could be closed off separately.
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Other underground cities
Nevşehir Province has several other historical underground cities and Derinkuyu connects to Kaymakli via an 8 km tunnel.
The underground cities and structures are carved out of unique geological formations. They may have been used as hiding places during times of raids. The locations are now archaeological tourist attractions. They remain generally unoccupied. In excess of 200 underground cities containing a minimum of two levels have been discovered in the area between Kayseri and Nevsehir. Some 40 of those contain a minimum of three levels or more. The cities at Kaymaklı and Derinkuyu are two of the best examples of habitable underground structures.
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