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  Rolling doorway stone, Derinkuyu
by Paul2001
  • Rolling doorway stone, Derinkuyu - Goreme
      Rolling doorway stone, Derinkuyu
    by Paul2001
  • An air vent that drops down five stories. - Goreme
      An air vent that drops down five stories.
    by Paul2001

The underground cities that are scattered throughout Cappadocia are amongst the most interesting attractions in all of Turkey. I visited two by way of bus tour (which I highly recommend). On my third day while based in Goreme, I visited Derinkuyu on such a tour. This is probably the most explored and largest of all the underground cities in the region. Like the others, Derinkuyu dates from Hittite times which means that it is at least 3,000 years old. Throughout the centuries underground like this were used by the locals to hide themselves and their livestock from raiders such as the Arabs.
As I said, a tour is recommended. This because a guide will be able to explain what each room and passage was being used for. Also it will prevent you from getting lost or even injured as could happen if you travel through the underground city on your own. Also bring a sweater as it gets cool down there. Finally it is not recommended that you go if you are claustrophobic.
If you insist on going on your own, then I will advise you that it is $7.00 for adults to enter. My passage was paid for with the cost of the tour. It is open from 8am to 6pm during the peak tourists months.
The cut stone that you see in this picture is actually a doorway that was used to prevent access by invaders. Once the round stone was closed, raiders were not suppose to be able to role back the door from outside.

Directions: About 38km south of Goreme.

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  • Written Jan 23, 2004
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