Underground

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Visiting the deepest cave city in Cappadocia is a unique and slightly claustrophobic experience but worth it nonetheless. dscf9478dscf9480Feels like a dark underground labyrinth.dscf9482dscf9483dscf9485dscf9486dscf9488Underground selfiesdscf9491dscf9492Tunnelsdscf9495dscf9497Entering another passage in the underground citydscf9503dscf9508How I had to be positioned for most of the underground city visit, not very comfortable for my back. dscf9509dscf9518dscf9519dscf9527Exit finallydscf9534

Colorful Turkish delights on my way out of the underground city. Also a delicious snackdscf9535Wearing: Coat from garage, Dynamite Pants, Converse shoes, Michael Kors purse

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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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62 thoughts on “Underground

    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed this post. Oh yes, it is very well preserved. Some parts of the underground are not accessible to visitors for security reasons but most of it is in great shape. You’re welcome, more travel posts to come!

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    1. I agree it was a little hard, at the end I was so happy to see the light of the exit. It is a claustrophobic experience especially when another group arrives and I remember feeling like everywhere I looked was the same and it sort of got my dizzy!

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  1. This is amazing. How did all those people live in that small place and find their way around? It’s like you said, every turn to me looked the same. But I guess, if you lived there then, it was very familiar and easy to navigate. I love your hat!! Of course, you know, I love me a hat :):) And the treats when you cam out, oh my, don’t they look yummy!

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