Before I dive into today’s subject I must make a confession- I haven’t planned out the A to Z Challenge in advance. So everyday, I sit in front of my computer and make things up. Sometimes I miss good alphabet opportunities just because I didn’t think of something before I wrote up another post. Other times I am just stuck for themes- like today. I spent a very long time agonising over what I would write and almost gave up before I suddenly realised I had it.
Kaymakli Underground City is a World Heritage Site in central Turkey. It’s about 20kms away from the city of Nevsehir (which in turn means New City). The underground city is a massive system of interconnected underground caves. We were told that the earliest caves were built by the Phyrigians in the 8th or 7th Century BCE. The caves were expanded by generations after generations of peoples who were persecuted or had something to hide from above the ground. You will hear stories of early Christians persecuted by Romans.
Yes, you will truly need to be in a desperate situation if you decided to live underground in the caves. It is not funny- just 45 minutes under the ground was already beginning to suffocate me- I wanted to get out and feel fresh air. Imagine living there for months together. Sure, there were air wells and shafts but hiding under ground cannot have been easy on a person.
There were nearly 8 levels of tunnels that were functional. Tourists don’t get to visit all the levels (thankfully!)