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Derinkuyu Review

Derinkuyu, meaning "deep well," is the deepest of the known underground cities that have been explored—eight floors are open to the public, though there may be many more. The subterranean labyrinth has stables, wineries, a chapel and baptismal pool, a school, scores of other interconnected rooms, and as many as 600 entrances and air ducts. You'll also see a ventilation shaft that plunges 55 meters (180 ft) from ground level. Claustrophobes take note. Spaces here are so tight that you'll have to walk doubled over for a hundred meters (about 330 feet) up and down steps in a sloping cave corridor.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Derinkuyu village
  • Phone: 384/381–3194
  • Cost: 15 TL
  • Hours: Apr.–Oct., daily 8–7; Nov.–Mar., daily 8–5; last entry 45 min before closing
  • Location: Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı
Updated: 11-21-2013

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