Sunday, 4 April 2010

Kaymakli Underground City

Kaymaklı underground city differs from the one at Derinkuyu in that it is distinctly more haphazard and has a sense of being randomly cobbled together, I also found it a lot more claustrophobic, the chambers are chaotically laid out and considerably smaller then the ones at Derinkuyu but it also has more of a sense of being an underground city you can imagine the smell and the hustle and bustle of a large number of people living cramped together in this way. Archaeologists estimate that Kaymakli could house between 3500 and 5000 people something well worth reflecting on whilst you wander the narrow insanely claustrophobic tunnels.
Only the first four levels are currently open to visitors but there are eight levels that have been explored by archaeologists, whilst Kaymakli is not as deep as Derinkuyu it is considerably wider and to be honest after you explored the first few narrow low ceiling tunnels you will probably have lost any sense of depth or direction. Expect to see wine and oil presses, churches, stables, living areas and graves. If you are planning on visiting with children then keep them close as the chaotic nature of Kaymakli would make it easy to lose a child down a hole or up a dark tunnel.

Getting There
Kaymakli underground city is also located on the Nevsehir-Nigde road and is easy to find by car or motorcycle although most travellers come by bus tour. Follow the brown coloured signposts to Kaymakli yeralti sehir which translates as Kaymakli underground city.

Around Kaymakli underground city

Derinkuyu underground city





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