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Visiting the deepest cave city in Cappadocia is a unique and slightly claustrophobic experience but worth it nonetheless. Feels like a dark underground labyrinth.Underground selfiesTunnelsEntering another passage in the underground cityHow I had to be positioned for most of the underground city visit, not very comfortable for my back. Exit finally
Colorful Turkish delights on my way out of the underground city. Also a delicious snackWearing: Coat from garage, Dynamite Pants, Converse shoes, Michael Kors purse
Another major tourist attraction in Cappadocia, central Turkey are the well maintained underground cities made of tuff- volcanic ash. Although there are more than 36 underground cities in this region, I visited the 85 meters deep Derinkuyu. Hard to believe more than 20 000 people used to live here at once thousands of years ago. The underground city housed everything from stables to storage rooms to schools, communal rooms, workshops, churches, wineries … you name the underground city had it. All rooms were interconnected but it feels like a maze where every turn looks the same.
Although the underground cities were complex organizations, they had all the basics that were needed to survive such as lamp oil, water tanks, chimneys to circulate the air and areas dedicated to cadavers until they could exit the cave city. Living in such a way certainly is different than how we know life today.
The Turkish underground cities were used for short stays and were created to withstand attacks from rivals and invaders during the Byzantine times up until the Ottoman conquest. The cave cities were safe haven for Christians.
The cave cities are now Cappadocia new gold destinations with new housing developments to soon surround the region. Bring a jacket when visiting, it gets chilly!
Until next time,
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