The Derinkuyu underground city

September 8, 2022

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The Derinkuyu underground city is an ancient multi-level underground city in the Derinkuyu district in Cappadocia region, Turkey, extending to a depth of approximately 85 meters (279 ft).

It is believed that the underground city was built as a shelter that is not to be seen from above, for the Christian community to escape from the pressure of the Roman Empire and Arabs. The actual age of the underground city is unknown. According to the article I have linked to, “Some archaeologists believe that an 8-kilometer long passageway connects Derinkuyu to another amazing underground city in Kaymakli.”

It is large enough to have sheltered as many as 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores.

This underground city contains many sophisticated structures like ventilation, church, stable, and cellar. It is carved from pliable volcanic ash rock called tuff.

*all images from the internet

I believe tours can be scheduled, but I didn’t look into it.

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