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