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He Knocked Down A Wall In His House…And Discovered A Haunting Secret THOUSANDS Of Years Old

by Anna Halkidis
Anna is a native New Yorker who loves concerts, travel, good coffee, and her Jack Russell terrier, Charlie. She’s a multimedia journalist who earned her master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her true passion for telling stories keeps her inspired.

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.

View the photos of Derinkuyu and discover the different ideas. And please SHARE this fascinating place with all your friends who love a good mystery!

In 1963, a man in Cappadocia, Turkey knocked down a wall in his house during renovations and found something very unexpected — an underground city.

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The city was more than 280 feet deep and could fit over 20,000 people.

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It had more than 10 stories with ventilation shafts, religious centers, wine presses, storerooms, and even stables for animals.

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It's "equal to the pyramids," said engineer John Brandenburg, referring to its incredible construction.

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Intrigued? Click to the next page to find out why the city’s exact age can’t be determined!