Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Derinkuyu: the ancient underground city, once home to 20,000 people (architecture)

C C Offline

INTRO: In the 1960s, a Turkish man was doing some casual home decor when he made one of the most amazing archaeological discoveries in history. When he knocked down a wall in his basement he made more room than he bargained for, stumbling across a gallery that led to an extensive 18-story-deep underground city we now know as Derinkuyu.

[...] Derinkuyu, found in the province of Cappadocia, about four hours away from the capital Ankara, was carved bit by bit into the volcanic rock and consists of numerous subterranean settlements connected by tunnels that run for miles, similar to a man-sized ant colony. Parts of the underground network run as deep as 75 meters (250 feet).

According to archaeologists at the Turkish Department of Culture, the first gallery was carved at Derinkuyu during the 8th-7th century BCE by the Phrygians, an ancient Indo-European culture that founded the Anatolian kingdom (12th-7th century BCE). The Phrygians were among the foremost architects of the Iron Age and are known for engaging in complex mega construction projects. Other theories suggest that the underground city was founded by Persians or Hittites.

One of the first possible written accounts describing Derinkuyu is credited to 370 BCE, found in a text written by Xenophon of Athens who, writing in his Anabasis, mentions people in Anatolia had excavated their homes underground. He adds that these underground dwellings were large enough for a family, domestic animals, and supplies of stored food.

Derinkuyu seems to have reached its peak during the Byzantine period. By this time, it grew into an extensive multi-level complex consisting of a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers, covering an area of 445 km2 (172 miles2). It's believed that Derinkuyu's population was as large as 20,000 inhabitants... (MORE - details, images) ...... VIDEO:

Incredible Photographs Inside Derinkuyu, an Ancient Multi-Level Underground City of the Median Empire in Turkey

[Image: derinkuyu-underground-city-1.jpg]
[Image: derinkuyu-underground-city-1.jpg]


Possibly Related Threads…
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  Insane Canadian Architecture Yazata 3 140 Nov 17, 2023 09:34 PM
Last Post: Magical Realist
  Research 1000s of ancient structures still hidden deep in Amazon (rain forest architecture) C C 0 58 Oct 11, 2023 04:26 PM
Last Post: C C
  Article 2019 Notre Dame fire reveals a major surprise hidden in cathedral's architecture C C 0 56 Mar 20, 2023 11:04 PM
Last Post: C C
  Wood ash cement & fired brick hut (primitive architecture) + New aquaculture designs C C 0 88 May 7, 2022 05:57 PM
Last Post: C C
  Plan to stop all respiratory viruses at once + Space Force prods military to innovate C C 0 67 Sep 8, 2021 07:52 PM
Last Post: C C
  The ancient Persian way to keep cool (architecture) C C 1 98 Aug 12, 2021 03:45 AM
Last Post: elte
  Transparent wood could be architecture's windows of tomorrow C C 0 136 Oct 8, 2020 09:17 PM
Last Post: C C
  Hostile architecture C C 3 365 Aug 26, 2020 12:32 PM
Last Post: Zinjanthropos
  The coolest architecture on Earth is in Antarctica C C 0 271 Jan 11, 2020 03:13 AM
Last Post: C C
  5 perfect examples of Mid-Mod Architecture that no longer exist C C 2 319 Jan 2, 2020 10:23 PM
Last Post: C C

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)