Thursday, July 25, 2013

Underground City of Kaymakli, Cappadocia, Turkey, Nov 2012

Dear Diary,

Our fifth day adventure started with a visit to Underground City of Kaymakli. It was a city built below ground to accommodate some half a million people during troubled times and are linked by underground tunnels to other cities. It opens daily and its operating hours depend on which seasons you're visiting. Entrance fee is TL15.

Kaymakli, the widest underground city in Cappadocia, is built under a rock hill named Citadel of Kaymakli. It encompasses of 8 floors below ground but only 4 floors have been unearthed so far and are opened to visitors. Air is circulated through all floors using a ventilation shaft.

Stables are located on first floor, while, church is on the second floor. Storage places, wineries and kitchen are on third floor. Wineries and food storage rooms are on fourth floor. There are also living rooms, halls, cemetery, etc inside the underground city.

Kaymakli passageways are low, narrow and sloping. There are places that visitors have to crawl or bend to go through. The tunnels are still being used today as storage areas, stables and cellars by villagers who have built houses around or near it.

2 notes of inspiration:

lady lavender said...

aihh..tak dpt bayangkan hidup underground. Mcm sesak nafas aje hihii..

Unaizah said...

Lady Lavender - Hihihi...kan. Tp bila keadaan memaksa/darurat, nak tak nak kenalah adapt.