Derinkuyu Underground City

Derinkuyu Underground City: The Magical Journey

Derinkuyu Underground City was first built for the hiding and protection needs of first Christians that settled in the area and today it is one of the biggest underground cities of Cappadocia. 8 layers of the city is open to visitors. With very thin ladders you can go under and visit the rooms, storerooms, vaults, graves and classes that people built centuries ago. Even though it may be creepy going 8 floors under the ground, you will be fascinated how people were able to built such a complex living area hundreds of years ago with very scarce sources. People took into consideration the fact that it would be difficult to move animals from the lower layers, they decided to give the first store to the animals. Other layers was used for resting, eating, storing and in the lowest parts there were graves. Inside the city there are a lot of tunnels and passages to tie the different parts to each other and the ventilation is quite good. A lot of passages under the ground like a maze… Isn’t it a great inspiration for our imagination. Yes, it is!

Top attractions in Derinkuyu Underground City

Cappadocia

Lying within the boundaries of middle Anatolian cities like Nevsehir, Kayseri and Aksaray; Cappadocia is one of the main touristic areas of Turkey containing the most extraordinary sightseeings such as Uchisar, Urgup, Goreme, Avanos and Zelve.

Goreme

Goreme, home of the magnificent fairy chimneys, is one of the main touristic spots of Nevsehir and one of the first places that witnessed the spread of Christianity.

Urgup

When it comes to Urgup, first scene comes to mind is the rise of a beautiful full moon between two fairy chimneys standing side by side; but looking opposite directions as two lovers who are angry with each other.
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Avanos

Did you know that Avanos is the heart of pottery production in Cappadocia, following the footsteps of Hittite culture? Being a home for fairy chimneys that are some of the most eccentric natural formations of Turkey, of the world really is more than enough.
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Goreme Open Air Museum

Goreme Open Air Museum is one of the largest open air museums of the world, that is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. In amazing ancient city, there are numerous houses, churches, monasteries, graves and schools were built by carving the rocks thousands of years ago.
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Uchisar

Uchisar hosts the Uchisar Castle that is the perfect spot for the visitors who would like to enjoy the Cappadocia’s amazing panoramic view that is beyond comparison from the top.

Uchisar Castle

Uchisar Castle is the perfect spot for the visitors who would like to enjoy the Cappadocia’s amazing panoramic view that is beyond comparison from the top. It consists of two majestic rocks with many houses graves, vaults and sanctuaries carved on them with great efforts.

Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli is an important underground city of Cappadocia that is built for defence and protection purposes. Today 4 layers of the city is open to visitors. It is consisting of the rooms, worshipping areas, vaults, graves and barns that interconnected via ladders, passages and narrow holes.

Nevsehir

Nevsehir, originally named as Nissa by the ancient civilizations Hittites, has been one of the most important tourism and agriculture centers of its region. It is a very well-known travel destination not only for Turkey; but for the whole world.
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