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Man Rediscovers the Mysterious Derinkuyu Underground City While Renovating His Home

By Jatin Sharma, 25 June 2018

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There has been a debate whether our ancestors were more advanced than us or not. Their marvels of engineering and techniques to doing things have astonished us since the days of pyramids. Therefore finding more and more such marvels of architecture has just mystified the intrigue.

Turkey is one of the most ancient countries of the world and has seen many empires ruling it, with the Ottoman Empire being the most noticeable. One such architecture wonder of Turkey is the Derinkuyu Underground City in the in the Derinkuyu district in Nevsehir Province, Turkey.

We have dug deep into the internet’s maze of information and dug out 14 amazing facts about the Derinkuyu Underground City that will leave u awestruck.

Check them out:

1Location of the Derinkuyu Underground City

The much fabled Derinkuyu Underground City is located under the town and district of Derinkuyu in the Nevsehir province of Turkey. It is 40 kilometers away from Goreme, a town famous for the fairy chimney rock formations.

Location of the Derinkuyu Underground City

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2How was the Derinkuyu Underground City found?

The Cappadocia is famous for its twin underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli. Derinkuyu lies 250 feet below the surface of the Earth. Ancient people started carving the soft ash rocks into tunnels and rooms to be used for residence, safety, and other uses.

It was rediscovered in 1963 after been abandoned in 1923; when a man broke down a wall in his subterranean home while renovating and it revealed something hidden, like a room. On further exploration, it showed a deep labyrinth of a network of tunnels, and soon it was realized that the fabled Derinkuyu Underground City had been rediscovered.

Derinkuyu Underground City found

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3Length of the Derinkuyu Underground City is amazing

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Derinkuyu is the deepest underground city of them all in Cappadocia, while Kaymakli is the widest. The Derinkuyu underground city has 18 stories that are dug deeper into the Earth. Some tunnels are as long as 180 feet long.

Length of the Derinkuyu Underground City is amazing

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4The Derinkuyu Underground City is unbelievable

At 60m deep, the Derinkuyu underground city is well ventilated and provides fresh air to the multiple residences in the tunnels. It also has numerous wells for providing fresh water to its inhabitants. The Derinkuyu Underground City is part of the famous Cappadocia area, which is historically popular because it houses over 200 underground cities.

The Derinkuyu Underground City is unbelievable

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5Design of the Derinkuyu Underground City

There are more than 600 doors to the city which are well hidden in the courtyards of the homes. It was built to keep people safe during invasions and has enormously huge, 1000lbs stone doors that are circular in shape for the ease of closing them quickly. There were many things found in the design of the city as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels.

Design of the Derinkuyu Underground City

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