Derinkuyu is a spectacular Ancient underground city. Located in the Nevsehir Province, in Turkey, this city is actually the largest underground area in the country. Today, Derinkuyu is a popular tourist destination. The city opened for tourism in 1969. The whole area is described by visitors as absolutely fascinating.
Derinkuyu underground area can accommodate about 20,000 people. The city can close down from the inside with large stone doors. It has 13 levels, being part of the underground city complex of Cappadocia. Derinkuyu was discovered by accident by an inhabitant of the area in which it is located. Lost for hundreds of years, the ancient city is believed to date back to the year 1400 B.C.
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It is believed that the city was built with the purpose to protect thousands of people and their belongings from the frequent invasions of the area. It seems that invaders knew about the existence of this underground city, and they commonly tried to take the people out by poisoning their waters.
Derinkuyu has an 8 km long underground tunnel which connected the city with another underground area from Cappadocia. Kaymakli is the underground city to which Derinkuyu was linked. Derinkuyu also included stables, a church and kitchens. Even a school and a bar were found in the underground city. What shocks most about this city is its developed ventilation system that can still amaze engineers today.
The location has also served as a hiding place for the first Christians who used it to avoid the persecution of the Roman Empire. Its usage as a religious hiding place is believed to have lasted for many years.
Currently, visitors can access only the first eight underground levels of Derinkuyu. The other levels of the city are closed, being damaged or under archaeological research. The experience that tourists can enjoy here is absolutely unique. Would you like to visit this spectacular underground city?
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