Welcome to Derinkuyu, an underground city that once housed up to 20,000 people. In the Cappadocia region, famous for its cave dwellings and underground villages, Derinkuyu stands out for sheer size and complexity. Locals began digging in the 500s BCE. The city consists of over 600 doors, each of which can be closed from the inside. Each floor could be closed off as well. And just to make attacking completely impossible, the entire city was deliberately built without any logic. Its maze-like layout makes navigating the city nightmarish for unfamiliar invaders.
the turkish region of cappadocia is famed for being one of the best places in the world to go hot air ballooning, with its unique geology of valleys, plateaus and “fairy chimneys,” formed millions of years ago from consolidated volcanic ash. photos by alessio andreani, kani polat, gypsy joyce, violin and gray line
Set amidst the magical chimneys of Cappadocia, in the historical town of Urgup, Yunak Evleri comprises a 19th century Greek mansion and 7 separate cave houses connected by stairs and meandering passageways. Designed with respect to tradition, each abode has its own decoration style and distinctive Ottoman character, with mostly traditional handcrafted furnishings, beautiful antiques and elegant marble bathrooms. In the main building guests will find the dining room, a lounge area as well as two well-equipped spaces dedicated to music and recreation. Crowning the cave hotel is a wonderful roof terrace where you can enjoy romantic dinners by candlelight accompanied by sweeping views of Turkey’s most outlandish landscape.
Located in the Central Anatolian region of Turkey, Cappadocia is an area where entire cities have been carved into rock.
An area with history so abundant and far reaching as to render entire centuries as footnotes at first glance, the landscape appears as an abandoned alien desert with fields that look like waves frozen in time, and rocky spikes and spires protruding from the landscape like some sort of meringue set in stone.
However on further exploration through small, winding paths, beautifully-carved homes and churches are waiting to be discovered.
The rock formations that make up Cappadocia were created by volcanic eruptions, erosion, and wind. Over three million years ago a volcanic eruption deposited a blanket of ash across the 1500 square mile landscape which formed into a soft rock. This rock, slowly eaten away by wind and time, has created some spectacular forms. But the human history of the area is as compelling as the geological one.