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Cappadocia Underground Cities
- Cappadocia Underground Cities
- Alt Name:
- Ancient Rome
- 300AD - 399AD
- Derinkuyu Underground City, Kaymaklı Underground City,
about Cappadocia Underground Cities
The Cappadocia Underground Cities, found mostly in the Nevsehir region in central Turkey, are a series of magnificent subterranean cities built by the Troglodytes or ‘cave goers’. Of the almost forty known Cappadocia underground cities, some in Nevshir are open to the public, including Kaymaklı, Derinkuyu, Özkonak, Mazi and Ürgüp.
These Cappadocia underground cities were built by early Christians persecuted for their faith. It is unclear as to when the Cappadocia underground cities were constructed, but the earliest Christians were believed to have settled in the area in the fourth century.
The most incredible aspects of the Cappadocia underground cities are their sheer scale and complexity. Some of these cities delve eight levels underground, with comprehensive living quarters and facilities for making grape juice, cooking, drainage and plumbing and even stables for horses. Of course, these underground cities were also vital forts, protecting their citizens, and the Cappadocia made provisions for this, including sturdy doors and even holes in the ceilings through which to pour hot oil over any intruders.
Visiting the Cappadocia underground cities is an exciting, authentic and fascinating journey. The Cappadocia underground cities have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. This site also features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Turkey.
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Address: Nevşehir Province (Cappadocia) in Central Anatolia
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Cappadocia is in central Anatolia. By bus, it is around 12 hours to Neveshir from Istanbul or Izmir or 5 hours from Ankara or 4 hours from Konya. If you fly in to Kayseri, just an hour away, you can reach Ürgüp, Göreme and Nevşehir with shuttle buses, but these must be pre-booked via your tour operator or ask your hotel.
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