A few people store wine bottles in their basement or even heirlooms from their grandmother and grandpa. But in Turkey, a man found a whole city without acknowledging it. It was found in 1963 in Derinkuyu in the Nevşehir territory, otherwise called Cappadocia.
The underground city Derinkuyu was found interestingly underneath this house. From that point forward, 8 levels of the whole complex have been unearthed. The upper most levels are generally living zones, however every city offers more than simply that: a wine press, a monastery, and a church were also found.
Even pets were held underground. So that man and his animals did not die from a lack of oxygen, a complex ventilation system was constructed. Archaeologists assume that as many as 20,000 people could have lived in the space. They believe they have only discovered a fourth of the original complex.
Experts suppose that over 50 such cities exist in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu is even connected with one of them: the neighboring subterranean city of Kaymakli is connected by a 5 mile long tunnel.
One of the many theories for Derinkuyu’s existence is that the underground city served as a sanctuary during the persecution of Christians under the Ottomans. Heavy stone doors that can be rolled down causeways appear to confirm this assumption.
Other archaeologists argue, however, that Derinkuyu is much older and was built almost 4,000 years ago by the Hittites.
In the meantime, Derinkuyu has become a popular tourist attraction.
The origin of this subterranean city will most likely never be completely settled. Nevertheless, it is a pure feat of human ingenuity and craftsmanship. If this unbelievable and seemingly mythological secret city that laid buried for centuries has also astonished you then share this discovery with everyone that you know.