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The underground city of Derinkuyu is an amazing-looking thing. I don’t have a lot of time today, and the online sources I’m quickly skimming aren’t agreeing, so it was either scooped out by Hittites from 1400BC or by Phrygians from 8000 BC. It’s twenty floors deep, though only eight are currently accessible. But look at this:




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  1. As I mentioned in a comment on the page you link, in 1992 I visited Derinkuyu and another underground city, Kaymakli. After that trip I wrote the article “ After that trip I wrote a “real-world dungeons” article, “Turkey’s Underground Cities,” for Dragon, the leading D&D magazine:

  2. Now I know that we are simply insects that pretend to be mammals.

  3. Mathew Jensterle Mathew Jensterle

    Oh wow. I love underground complexes, especially the “painstakingly hacked out by devoted peons” type. Thanks for pointing out a subterranean treat.

  4. Am I wrong for wanting to buy a room there?

  5. PS. the german guy said the public can only go down 8, but he knew a restaurant you could go to, where knowing the right person would allow you access to the full 20 levels, but some of it meant crawling on your stomach through dirt for a long time to access other passages…

  6. Brent Wilcox Brent Wilcox

    That’s 800 BC for the Phrygians. 8000 BC would be four thousand years older than Stonehenge or the Maltese ruins- we’d be in Graham Hancock territory. Which would be cool and all, but…

  7. Mick Mick

    I went there last February. It was fantastic. Down in the tunnels were granaries, wells/ventilation shafts, stables, churches and even a winery. Everything you’d need to withstand a siege.

    The whole Cappadocia region is just amazing. I could have gone on exploring the fairy chimney dwellings and cliff monasteries forever.

  8. Crystal Crystal

    I read it’s 2000 B.C, not 800 B.C. which is correct?

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