A Man Knocks Down One Wall And Finds A Whole City

Normally when you knock down a wall you don’t expect to find much more than wires and pipes. But imagine knocking out a wall in your basement and finding a whole underground city!

One of the many hidden tunnel entrances to Derinkuyu.

 

In 1963 a man in Cappadocia Turkey decided to re-model his house. When he went to knock down a wall in his basement he found one of many hidden entrances to the underground city of Derinkuyu.

 

A Derinkuyu winery. The city was designed to support people for a long time.

 

Derinkuyu was an entire city carved into the stone below Cappadocia. It is over 60 meters down and has 18 levels. It includes many “buildings” such as residencies, churches, schools, wineries, and food storage. It features vents to the surface and several discrete entrances. It was designed to house 20,000 people and some livestock.

 

This large room with its vaulted ceiling was used as a religious school. The city of Derinkuyu was used by Christian populations from the early Middle Ages up until the early 20th century.

 

It is believed that it was created to house people to shelter them from times of war. The churches were placed at the lowest level to protect them during times of religious persecution.

 

An illustration of an underground city like Derinkuyu. Note 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.

 

I seems to have been build during the 7th and 8th centuries BCE. There are several tunnels that run for miles and connect to other underground cities.

 

One of the massive stone doors that would block off entrances. The hole in the center would be fit with a beam so the door could roll open and shut.

 

After the man rediscovered this lost underground city it was open to public tourists in 1969.

 

The city was built to shelter people in times of strife. During peacetime, it was mainly used for storage.

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