Underground City

Today the Archaeology news sites are reporting the discovery of an ancient underground city in Nevşehir, Turkey.

Here is a link to Ferrell Jenkins’ blog post about the discovery: Ancient underground city found in Cappadocia

Earlier this year I was with Ferrell when he visited an underground city nearby the new discovery. See: Cappadocian Chimneys

Tonight I will share a few pictures from an underground city.

Underground City, Kaymakli, Cappadocia, Turkey, NevsehirWe visited the Kaymakli Underground City which was added to the World Heritage List in 1985.

The underground city that we visited is a vast multi-level complex of excavated rooms that was used for hiding people and supplies.

Kaymakli Underground City, Nevsehir Province, Cappadocia, TurkeyIn the picture here you can see different storage areas along a passageway. We followed the passageways down about four or five levels. There were more levels below that were not open to the public.

Underground City, Nevsehir, Cappadocia, KaymakliHere is a storage area that is accessible from two different sides. This underground city is quite large, but according to information about the new one that was found it is tiny in comparison.

Underground City, Grinding Stone, Kaymakli Underground City, Nevsehir ProvinceSome of the spaces in the underground city were quite large. The first floor of Kaymakli included stables and the second floor down contained a church. The living quarters were further down the tunnels.

Underground City, Turkey, Nevsehir Province, Kaymakli, TunnelsWe had to be very careful as we went through the tunnels as there were many ventilation shafts between the different levels. There were some places where we could look down through several levels.

I could imagine several phobias that people would suffer. Fear of high places when looking down through the tunnels and claustrophobia would be just a couple.

Underground City, Nevsehir Province, Turkey, Turkish Underground CityI could also imagine navigating through the tunnels carrying just a small oil lamp or torch. I think that I would volunteer for duty that would take me outside the city as often as possible. I am not sure I would do too well cooped up in the tunnels.

However, if it would save my life I am sure that I could live in the underground city for awhile. Definitely a little more daunting than Sleeping in a Cave for a couple of nights.



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3 Responses to Underground City

  1. What a wonderful experience.

  2. Looks like something out of a science fiction movie!

  3. Glenda McDougal says:

    I absolutely couldn’t go in there!!

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