Going Beneath in Turkey’s Cappadocia

The underground cities in Turkey’s Cappadocia were built to protect the ancient inhabitants — they allowed thousands of people to live their lives in secrecy.

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One of Cappadocia’s most famous underground cities is Derinkuyu, which was built during the Byzantine era when its inhabitants hid themselves from Muslim Arabs during the Arab-Byzantine Wars between 780 and 1180.

The multi-level city consists of passages and caves,  some 60 yards under the ground and able to shelter around 20,000 people including their livestock and food.

And yes, you can tour it.

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