Derinkuyu Underground City

Normal ticket value: €10

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Free with Cappadocia E-pass

Cappadocia E-pass includes free entrance to Derinkuyu Underground City. Scan your QR code at the entrance and get in.

Derinkuyu Underground City, which was built due to the appropriate geological formation of the Cappadocia region, has eight floors. It consists of spaces that will accommodate a large community and meet their daily needs.

The history of the first inhabitants of Derinkuyu Underground City dates back to the Assyrian colonies. The first Christians who fled from the Roman Empire in the 2nd century came from the vicinity of Antakya and Kayseri and settled here. The first Christians who established underground cities in the region were able to escape from the persecution of Roman soldiers by hiding in these cities. Because they might have to live underground for long periods, they expanded their space by building supply stores, ventilation shafts, wineries, churches, monasteries, water wells, toilets, and meeting rooms. In this city of interconnected rooms, some rooms are connected by tunnels so narrow that only a person can pass. For security reasons, there are large stone cylinders at the entrances and exits.

It is thought that this settlement was converted into a settlement by the Proto-Hittites around 3000 BC. It is also stated that it was the most populated during the Byzantine period. The Roman marble eagle statue, which belongs to the Roman period and is located in one of the parts that are not open to visitors. This is also called one of the developments that support this situation. It is also said that the Turks came to this region after the Battle of Manzikert in 1071.

The Final Word

Cappadocia was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List in 1985 for its natural and historical beauty. It is one of the most sought-after tourism centers in Turkey. There are 36 known underground cities located in Cappadocia. The biggest of these 36 underground cities is Derinkuyu Underground City. Visit and discover the mysterious underground city with Cappadocia E-pass now.

Derinkuyu Underground City Hours of Operation

Derinkuyu Underground City is open to visitors every day between 08:00-17:00.
The last entrance is at 16:00

Derinkuyu Underground City Location

Bayramli Mah.
Semsili Yolu Sok. No:15
Derinkuyu/NEVSEHİR

 

Important Notes

  • Not recommended if you have claustrophobia, heart ailments, lower back pain, and difficulty walking! Guests with these complaints can enter at their own risk.
  • Simply scan your QR code at the entrance and get in.
  • Derinkuyu Underground City visit takes around 1.5 hours.
  • Photo ID will be asked from child Istanbul E-pass holders.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is there an underground city?

    Back in the 2nd century, Christianity was not the accepted religion in Roman Empire yet. The first Christians who ran away from the Roman Empire came to the Cappadocia region and started carving these caves. With numerous rooms connected, expanded, and formed into an underground city. It is estimated that 20000 people could live in this underground city.

  • How long does it take to visit Derinkuyu Underground City?

    Derinkuyu Underground City can be visited in 90 minutes without a rush. Cappadocia E-pass includes free entrance.

  • Is it worth visiting Derinkuyu Underground City?

    This underground city is a hidden gem! A truly wonderful and mind-blowing place. Barns, stone gates, water channels, ventilation, and many more. It's amazing to see how people were able to build these caves inside a mountain that has.

  • Where is Derinkuyu Underground City located?

    Derinkuyu Underground City is located in the Nevsehir province in the Derinkuyu area which is 30 kilometers away.

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