You know how it is, you’re swinging a hammer around, having heaps of fun and you stumble across your very own personal bat cave. Except it’s not a bat cave, it’s an entire city!
While redoing his house in 1963, a man in the Nevsehir Province of Turkey,in an area known as Cappadocia, knocked down a wall. Behind that wall there was a tunnel.
And behind that tunnel there was an underground city.
What he had stumbled across was one of the many hidden entrances to the ancient underground city of Derinkuyu. Derinkuyu was an entire city carved into the stone below Cappadocia, reaching some 60 meters down.
It had 18 levels. It had it all, including residences, churches, food storage, wineries, and even a school. It was designed to house some 20,000 people as well as livestock.
It features vents to the surface and several discreet entrances like the tunnel our friend found. This all suggests that the city was built as a precaution to protect the people during times of war or natural disaster.
This large room with its vaulted ceiling was used as a school. The city of Derinkuyu was used by Christian populations from the early Middle Ages up until the early 20th century.
An illustration of an underground city like Derinkuyu. The church on the bottom level. Cities like this were used during times of Christian persecution, so religious items would be placed on the lowest levels for protection.
The city was also used as a refuge from the Mongolian invasion in the 1300s and up through the 20th century for Christian people fleeing persecution. It was finally abandoned for good in 1923.
After its rediscovery, the city opened to tourists in 1969. Today, about half the city is available to the public. There’s no news about what happened to its accidental discoverer.
Is anyone else thinking hide and seek?