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Huge New 5,000 Year Old Underground City Excavated in Cappadocia

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Cappadocia region of Turkey, situated in the midle of the Anatolian Peninsula is an area of wonders both above and below ground.

It has ruins and structures dating back to late stone age. Caves which are still inhabited,, underground cities which are not inhabited noww, lush canyons with structures on the walls, early Christianity edifices, fairy chimneys, hikes, treks, photographic opportunities galore.

The region is served by two airports and three or more airlines. There are some excellent boutique hotels, some with cave rooms and suites as well as major chain hotels and simple B&Bs. Car and scooter rentals as well as horseback riding are easily available. Ballon rides over the spectacular landscape at sunrise are very popular.

The major city in the region is Nevsehir, the smaller towns in the midst of the sights are Goreme and Uchisar. There are also villages which offer lodging.

The new underground city was discovered below Nevsehir Fortress and surrounding area as a large urban renewal project was begun in 2013. Some significant artifacts and Seven kilometers (over four miles) of tunnels have been discovered so far.

Apparently all this was kept rather secret until recently. The current newspaper article and photographs are the only ones I could google at short notice although a more extensive search may provide more information. Unfortunately, the article is in Turkish but you have the gist above.

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/27853758.asp


If you find that interesting, here are links to other interesting new finds,

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/man-discovers-underground-structure-while-cleaning-house-in-central-anatolia.aspx?pageID=238&nID=70834&NewsCatID=375

including underground structures at the ancient Armenian city, Ani :

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ani-ruins-reveal-hidden-secrets-from-below.aspx?PageID=238&NID=70875&NewsCatID=375

and an earthquake destroyed Roman city close to Pamukkale, Hieropolis and Aphrodisias :

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/huge-old-columns-found-underground-in-ancient-city-of-laodicea.aspx?pageID=238&nID=52275&NewsCatID=375

I hope you enjoy the news and the pictures and will get a chance to visit one of these days.

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