CAPPADOCAI KAYMAKLI DERINKUYU UNDERGROUND CITY BUS TOURS TRIPS

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CAPPADOCAI KAYMAKLI DERINKUYU UNDERGROUND CITY BUS TOURS TRIPS

The 55m deep ventilation shaft was also used as a well. Not every floor was provided with water wells up to the surface in order to protect the dwellers from poisoning during raids. Derinkuyu contains at least 15,000 ventilation ducts that provide fresh air deep within the underground city. The Derinkuyu Underground City was opened to visitors in 1965 but so far less than half of it can be visited.

It is unlikely that the underground cities were ever intended for permanent dwelling, or even long stays, but they were clearly built to withstand attack and could support large numbers of people and their domestic animals, for extended periods of time. The urban organization was very complex, and there was probably always work in progress.

Derinkuyu Underground CityThe extensive networks of passages, tunnels, stepped pits and inclined corridors link family rooms and communal spaces where people would meet, work and worship. The cities were complete with wells, chimneys for air circulation, niches for oil lamps, stores, water tanks, stables and areas where the dead could be placed until such time as conditions on the surface would allow their proper disposal. Most importantly, carefully balanced moving stone doors, resembling mill stones, were devised to quickly block the corridors in the event of an attack. Of course, these doors operated from one side only!

At Turkish Heritage Travel, we organize private tours to Derinkuyu Underground City. The rate of the tour is 70 Euro per person based on minimum 2 people including transfer to/from your hotel in Goreme, entrance fee and professional guide. The tour takes around 2 hours. Please send us an email to get further information and book tours.

Published date: July 12, 2019 Publisher / Owner / Provider: Tourist Attractions Activities Tips

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