Way back in 1963, a man of the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall in his home and stumbled across something profound. This man had made the discovery of the underground hidden city of Derinkuyu.

Behind the wall he knocked down he found a small secret room. Beyond the secret room was a small ramp leading down to a tunnel…

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As he led himself down the tunnel he discovered a labyrinth of winding paths, stairs and caverns. This is said to be one of the most amazing discoveries in Turkey’s history.

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It is said by archaeologists that this underground city was used in times of natural disasters and for finding deep water wells for farming. Derinkuyu is not the oldest nor largest underground ancient city but it comes in at the deepest with a staggering 18 levels recorded.

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The was once lively with markets, tombs, livestock and even a school intertwining over numerous levels.

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The people of Derinkuyu are said to be the masters of the Iron age. As many as six of these underground cities have been excavated in the Cappadocia area.

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