Dork Short by Chad Stripling

             Dork Short: The underground city of Derinkuyu

          In 1963 a man in Capadocia was making renovations to his house cave and discovered behind his was an unmarked room. He explored the room and found a doorway too many other rooms. What he had discovered was the under ground city of Derinkuyu. Many places all over the world have underground cities but not many have one this extravagant. Archeologists began to excavate this underground city and discovered it was almost 85 meter deep with 20 levels of rooms! Only eleven have been fully excavated as of right now. The city was first believed to be started in the 7th century B.C. by the Phrygian and later expanded in the Byzantine era. The city was believed to be made mostly for defense so that the people could live in peace not worried from the numerous attacks by foreign invaders. Then in later years it was a hiding place for the first Christians who were escaping from the persecution of the Roman Empire. There were few major entrances to the city that could be blocked of by large rolling stones that weighed around 500 kilos. Although the size is one aspect that makes this city so unique it is only one of many amazing facts of the city. The underground city had a well that ran through it that was assumed to be used by the people on the surface as well. The city had many luxuries wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels. On the second floor there is actually a school. Also on the bottom level there is a cruciform church. The city had several long tunnels that connected it to other smaller underground cities in Turkey. One very interesting fact about the city is that it had over 52 ventilation wells built in it which is an amazing feet because until now archeologist did not think people had that type of engineering skill. At its peak the city of Derinkuyu was estimated to have 30,000 to 50,000 people in it. The under ground city of Derinkuyu is an amazing place and archological site. You can visit the city and explore the underground world but only the first eight levels for general population.

Map of city

Door way with rolling stone

Chapel

Hallway

Winery

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