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
This is the Derinkuyu multi-leveled subterranean ancient city in the Derinkuyu district of NevşehirProvince, Turkey (Ancient Cappadocia region). The tunnel complex was discovered by a resident in 1963 when he found a mysterious room behind his home wall. According to a theory, the caves may first have been built by the Phrygians, an ancient Indo-European people native to central Anatolia (Turkey), in the 7th-8th centuries B.C. In the Cappadocian region of central Turkey, ancient underground cities is not a completely rare phenomenon; Derinkuyu, for example, is connected to the underground city of Kaymakli via an 8 kilometer tunnel. It is estimated that, during its prime, Derinkuyu could house up to 20,000 people, and reached as deep as 60 metres.