Derinkuyu, Turkey’s Underground City
Derinkuyu is mentioned as the largest underground city in Turkey. The place consists of 11 floors with a depth of 85m, and can accommodate 35,000 to 50,000 people with all the necessities of life.
This underground city is a part of some other underground complex located in Cappadocia. Location between the complex and another one within many miles.
In 1969, Derinkuyu opened to the public and was then only 10% of the region which can be accessed by tourists. Uniquely, this underground city could be closed from the inside using the door of a large stone. 1-1.5 m high with a width of 30-50cm and weighing up to 200-500 kg.
The second floor there is a spacious room with a domed roof. This room was once used as a religious school. Between the third and fourth floors there is a staircase leading to a church located on the bottom floor.
Before serve as attractions, Derinkuyu had once been a place for the Christians who fled from the people who hunt them. Besides being used as a refuge when they came under attack from Arab citizens, it also functioned as a place for religious activities.
Worry over the possible dangers of the underground Christians, Arab attackers try to get them to leave the place with a way to poison water sources in the Derinkuyu