Imagine how cool it would be to live in a cave house. Then imagine one day breaking into one of the cave walls and discovering a whole Underground city. Well, that is almost exactly what happened in Derinkuyu. This is the first in my ancient mysteries series that you can actually visit personally.
Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city in the Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. With its eleven floors extending to a depth of approximately 85 m, it was large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is part of a network of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia.
I found the BLDGBLOG post on Derinkuyu to be fascinating – Lots of great pictures. Geoff Manaugh quotes Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us which describes these cities as acoustically sophisticated i.e. “using vertical communication shafts, it was possible to speak to another person on any level down below”. Also looks like these places might have been used as hiding places, huge stones were in place that could be used to close the openings to these caves.