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Kaymaklı Underground City

Underground Cities of Cappadocia

History and culture, coupled with the impressive landscape, can become quite interesting. Underground cities have always been the most important subject of this mixture. Cappadocia has a lot of underground cities which really famous in the World. The underground cities of Cappadocia offer a unique history and culture recital.

There are more than a hundred underground cities in Cappadocia. Some of these underground cities are open to visitors, while others are not. There may also be newly discovered underground cities. One of the most interesting of these underground cities is Kaymaklı Underground City. Today we will give you some interesting and special information about Kaymaklı Underground City.

But first we want to say that underground cities are one of the most important things for a person to understand early life of world. The experience you get here will be very special and rare. Here important informations about Kaymaklı Underground City:

Kaymaklı Underground City / Cappadocia

Kaymakli Underground City

Among the underground cities, Kaymaklı Underground is the most visited city in Cappadocia. There’s a reason why so many visitors come here. Kaymaklı Underground City reaches 20 kilometers below the ground. There used to be about 5000 people in this underground city. Kaymaklı Underground city is a total of 8 floors.

There are many designs on the walls that remind us of old human life. It is possible to find a lot of information about life in underground cities. There are tips on lighting, warming and daily life. The triangular structures on the walls are used for lighting. The lamps placed here illuminate the underground city. The place where these oil lamps are produced is called Bezirhane.

Kaymaklı Underground City / Cappadocia

The formation of the Kaymaklı Underground city goes back to 3000 BC. It has been home to many different cultures for more than 1500 years. Here ancient civilizations such as Hittites, Assyrians and Phrygians continued their lives. At the same time, the Kaymaklı Underground City was very important in the Byzantine Empire. This Byzantine underground city was used for defensive purposes especially in wars. In the wars of that period, underground cities benefited greatly.

There are many legends about the underground city of Kaymakli. According to a rumor, Kaymaklı Underground city was built by aliens. Yeah, that’s a pretty crazy idea! But this crazy idea has a starting point. The superior and modern ventilation system of the Kaymaklı Underground city has given rise to this idea. This ventilation is difficult to do even with the current technology. So why not, maybe Kaymaklı, is an alien underground city.

Kaymaklı Underground City / Cappadocia

Kaymaklı Underground City, A Miracle of the History

Kaymaklı Underground city has witnessed many different things since it was built. The withdrawal of the Hittite Empire, the invasions of Persia, the Roman Wars, were all around the city of Kaymaklı or inside it. The creation of this underground city was not only with human hands. Volcano eruptions, lava, ashes turned into lava and tuff layers contributed to the formation of this place.

 

One of the biggest underground cities of Cappadocia is Kaymaklı Underground City. One of the greatest legacies of humanity and nature can be observed here. This place, created with human hands and nature, is fascinating especially when we think that there is nothing about technology! If you are curious about life that has been underground thousands of years ago, this will be a very special place for you.

Kaymaklı Underground City / Cappadocia

What is in Kaymaklı Underground City?

There is a barn at the entrance to the underground city of Kaymakli. It seems that because the animals may have difficulty to come down to the city, the barn has made to the entrance of the city. In the lower ruins, there are more than one church, cemetery and living areas. There are also some areas such as kitchens which are used in common.

In the underground city, the passages are quite narrow. It must be pretty hard for a tall person walk here. The passages connect water tanks, kitchens, food stores, ventilation chimneys and churches. These tunnels are quite complicated. You can find your direction with Blue and Red signs. One of the interesting things here is the sliding doors. The use of sliding doors in the underground city is quite interesting.

Sliding doors, designed to be round. The diameter of these doors varies between about 1 and 2.5 meters. Moreover, the weighs of them are around 500 kilos. The doors only open from the inside. This shows that the doors are made for defense purposes.

The common living spaces in the underground city are quite numerous. The number of churches is still quite high, which means they are really firmly made. There are baptism stones and seats in the church. We can say that there are churches among the living areas that people use the most. It is possible to see many different churches in Cappadocia, but underground churches are much more strange and beautiful than others.

Kaymaklı Underground City / Cappadocia

What is in Kaymaklı Underground City?

There is a barn at the entrance to the underground city of Kaymakli. It seems that because the animals may have difficulty to come down to the city, the barn has made to the entrance of the city. In the lower ruins, there are more than one church, cemetery and living areas. There are also some areas such as kitchens which are used in common.

In the underground city, the passages are quite narrow. It must be pretty hard for a tall person walk here. The passages connect water tanks, kitchens, food stores, ventilation chimneys and churches. These tunnels are quite complicated. You can find your direction with Blue and Red signs. One of the interesting things here is the sliding doors. The use of sliding doors in the underground city is quite interesting.

Sliding doors, designed to be round. The diameter of these doors varies between about 1 and 2.5 meters. Moreover, the weighs of them are around 500 kilos. The doors only open from the inside. This shows that the doors are made for defense purposes.

The common living spaces in the underground city are quite numerous. The number of churches is still quite high, which means they are really firmly made. There are baptism stones and seats in the church. We can say that there are churches among the living areas that people use the most. It is possible to see many different churches in Cappadocia, but underground churches are much more strange and beautiful than others.

Kaymaklı Underground City / Cappadocia

 

Kaymaklı Underground City / Cappadocia

Kaymaklı Underground City / Cappadocia

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