Derinkuyu- An Overview

One of the most unique and intriguing archaeological sites discovered in the last century is the underground city of Derinkuyu.  Located under the fertile hills of Turkey’s Goreme Valley, this mechanical marvel is eighty-five meters deep and is designed to house roughly 20,000 people and livestock.  A mass of tunnels form a network between the different chambers, stables, churches and workshops of the site.  Over 15,000 air shafts bring air from the surface to the inhabitants.  Some of Derinkuyu most fascinating features include large stone staircases, circular doors that can only be sealed from the inside and passages connecting it to other underground cities in the region.  Many theories and legends surround the city’s origins, from the idea that it protected early Christians to the possibility that aliens aided in its construction. Regardless, Derinkuyu is a compelling site that continues to inspire archaeologists today.

Tunnels and grates in the underground city of Derinkuyu

What sort of secrets can be discovered in Derinkuyu?

One of the staircases and circular doors of the underground city of Derinkuy

One of the staircases and circular doors of the underground city of Derinkuyu.