Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymakli is an ancient city built entirely underground.  Only four stories are open to the public, but the tunnels go up to 10 stories below ground.  I looked down a shaft and couldn't see the bottom.

There are several other underground cities in the area.  They were used mostly for safety to hide from intruders.  The intruders didn't know their way around the underground cities and they could easily be trapped in the tunnels.

We were able to see small chapels and areas where the kitchens were.  It's amazing what the archaeologists and historians are able to tell about about what when on in these underground areas.

This is not a good place to visit if you are claustrophobic.  The tunnels are tiny and there were long sections that you have to walk stooped over.

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