After knocking down a wall in his house, one man discovered something unimaginable: an underground city dating back thousands of years.
In 1963, a resident of Cappadocia, Turkey was simply renovating his home when he unearthed the city called Derinkuyu after breaking a cave wall. More than 280-feet deep, it had more than 10 stories with ventilation shafts, religious centers, wine presses, storerooms, and stables for animals. The secret city made of stone is also believed to have been home to over 20,000 people.
What’s even more remarkable is the 1,000-pound doors, which could only be opened from the inside, hinting that the dwellers were hiding from something.
Other underground cities exist, including South Australia’s Coober Pedy, where people still live below the Earth’s surface today. There’s also this underground town in Pennsylvania that’s been on fire since 1962. But Derinkuyu still marvels historians in a different way.
“Derinkuyu would’ve been a massive undertaking for anyone, even in modern times,” John Brandenburg, an engineer, said on the History channel. “But, in those days, it would’ve been stupendous. Equal to the pyramids (of Egypt).”
Why was this underground city created? While it’s impossible to decipher the year it was built (since stone cannot be carbon dated), several theories listed below have been developed to explain this wonder.
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