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Underground cities are still being found in Cappadocia. The ancient Hittites, who came to area from east of the Black Sea around 2,000 B.C., are believed to have begun the excavation here. It is believed that these underground cities were enlarged during early Christians times to provide refuge from invaders and persecutors.

One of the largest of about forty such cities, called Derinkuyu, was found accidentally in 1963. Coincidentally, this is the same year that I left Turkey after my Air Force tour of duty there.

Derinkuyu is believed to have held up to twenty thousand people and could be as many as eighteen to twenty stories deep. Much of this underground city has not been explored due to cave-ins.

Large stones (similar to millstones) were rolled across the entrance from the inside to protect the inhabitants. A wooden shaft was inserted in the center hole of the stone to roll it into place.

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  • Copyright: Jose Manuel (anakin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 63 N: 528] (2775)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2003-00-00
  • Categories: Arquitectura
  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2004-10-24 14:36
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