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Report (Permission Visit) Derinkuyu Underground City - Cappadocia - Turkey - Nov 14

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Lenston, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. Lenston

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    In 1963, a man in the Nevsehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room. The man continued digging and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city, part of the Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, Turkey.
    The elaborate subterranean network included discrete entrances, ventilation shafts, wells, and connecting passageways. It was one of dozens of underground cities carved from the rock in Cappadocia thousands of years ago. Hidden for centuries, Derinkuyu‘s underground city is the deepest.

    Archaeologists believe the underground cities of Cappadocia could number in the hundreds. To date, just six have been excavated.
    The underground city at Derinkuyu is neither the largest nor oldest, but it fascinates as it is the deepest of the underground cities and was only recently discovered in 1963. (The largest, Kaymakli, has been inhabited continuously since first constructed).

    While there is no consensus for who is responsible for building Derinkuyu, many groups have occupied the underground city over the centuries.
    Derinkuyu is the deepest of the discovered underground cities with eight floors – reaching depths of 280 feet (85m) – currently open to the public. Excavation is incomplete but archaeologists estimate Derinkuyu could contain up to 18 subterranean levels.

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    Miles of tunnels are blackened from centuries of burning torches. They were strategically carved narrow to force would-be invaders to crawl single-file.
    Eventually the tunnels reach hundreds of caves large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people.
    The build-out of Derinkuyu accommodated for churches, food stores, livestock stalls, wine cellars, and schools. Temporary graveyards were constructed to hold the dead; an ironic twist, bodies were stored underground until it was safe to return them the surface.

    Over one hundred unique entrances to Derinkuyu are hidden behind bushes, walls, and courtyards of surface dwellings. Access points were blocked by large circular stone doors, up to 5 feet (1.5m) in diameter and weighing up to 1,100 lbs (500 kilos).
    The stone doors protected the underground city from surface threats, and were installed so each level could be sealed individually.

    The tunneling architects included thousands of ventilation shafts varying in size up to 100 feet deep (30m).
    An underground river filled wells while a rudimentary irrigation system transported drinking water.​

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    Thanks for looking​
     
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  2. Oort

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    Re: Derinkuyu Underground City - Cappadocia - Turkey - Oct 14

    Lovely shots there mate, lighting is almost carbide like.
     
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    Re: Derinkuyu Underground City - Cappadocia - Turkey - Oct 14

    Amazing stuff mate, I'd love to visit these :thumb
     
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    This is fascinating, some nice shots of the place too Thanks for sharing it :thumb
     
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    Whoah, that's awesome mate! Excellent shots too. This is the type of thing I hope to find when I go down a hole, but never do.
     
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    That's awesome, nicely captured
     
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    Good report, wonder what else they will find.....
     
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    Fascinating... really reminds me of that Clive Barker film 'Nightbreed'.
     
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    Thats bloody awesome :thumb
     
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    Very interesting & nicely shot mate :thumb missed these before ?
     
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    Cheers, all hand held and a white balance nightmare tbh. Think they found another bunch of new ones after i left.
     
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    Cool, I've wanted to see these for ages! How much can you visit?
     
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    I'm dying of envy!!! I've always wanted to explore Cappadocia!
     
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    You can see quite a bit of these, some parts are closed off but they go down many levels.
     
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