Kaymakli Underground City
Kaymakli Underground City
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  • mic_leow
    Singapore, Singapore619 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get a guide!
    There are plenty of tour groups inside. Lot of low places that required you to crouch down n literally “ crawl” over. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. A guide will be useful else you will just be roaming around without knowing the history of the underground city.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Ben T
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must see but don't book a tour book separately..
    Brilliant experience overall.. so much to take on and so many places to look. Booked as part of the green tour although would recommend booking seperate to realy appreciate and get photos. Tour is very rushed and they don't leave space between each group to get the full experience hence the 4 stars. A must see..
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,213 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The visit definitely contributed to our understanding of the historical events in Cappadocia.
    Throughout history, mankind has often chosen, instead of constructing buildings by superimposing materials (adobe, bricks, stones), excavation in the pre-existing rock to obtain suitable spaces. This last technique can be better developed when the rock is neither too hard nor too soft. In this case the excavation can be generalized, to the point of forming entire houses or entire villages. And Cappadocia, well equipped with volcanic tuffs, is one of the most illustrious examples of this case in the world. In Cappadocia, underground cities like this one in Kaymakli appear to be a sub-case of this trend. Here the homes, as far as we know, are not permanent, but temporary (even if the occupation times can be very long): that is, they are occupied for the time necessary to hide or defend themselves from possible enemies. The visit that our group made, under the direction of a competent guide, covered the first three of the underground floors. We experienced the complex system of tunnels, stairs and rooms; the technique of closing the passages with large round stones (similar to millstones); the clever ventilation system; food warehouses; the church; and many other points of interest. This visit, together with the others we made in two days in the region, contributed significantly to our understanding of the historical events of Cappadocia.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 October 2023
  • STEVENSNY
    New York City, New York315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interesting Place - Well Worth The Visit
    Really excellent experience to understand the history of the underground city and it will truly amaze you. I was with a tour guide, which I recommend, so you understand the history of what you are seeing. The tunnels are narrow and there is a lot of squat walking and hitting your head. Not recommended for claustraphobics or those with poor mobility. My legs were aching when I left - but it was well worth it!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Atis B
    Kharagpur, India1,175 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An architectural marvel under earth
    I was eager to visit this place since I heard of it. The moment I entered this my dream come reality. This place is awesome and can’t be explained in words. Such a big city under earth can’t be any one’s mastermind. I am still wondering regarding its air conditioning system, so ancient still habitable. Still now I could persevere it in my dreams.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Yorkshire Lad - The Original
    York, United Kingdom1,642 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Great Escape
    Whistling the tune from the Great Escape our intrepid group of 8 Explore travellers, rushed to the entrance of the Kaymaki Underground City to beat the bus loads of Chinese tourists. And this dear reader is a top tip. Built to house 3,500 escaping and oppressed Christians, this troglodyte cave city is a warren of over 100 tunnels that isn’t for those who suffer from claustrophobia. A blue arrowed one way system leads you through a myriad of different rooms including stables, a church, kitchens and storage areas. It reminded me of the Kuchi tunnels in Vietnam but without heat and sweaty body odour. As for large tour groups, well IMO this would not be the best excursion as anything over 10 would cause congestion and confusion with simply no one area large enough to accommodate an entire party. Glad we went, glad we escaped. Now looking forward to the 29th rerun of the film on Boxing Day.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2024
  • happykoabug
    Honolulu, Hawaii600 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW! You have to go
    WOW! What an amazing place to visit. The underground city of Kaymakli is one of the many cities dug into the soft rock of Cappadocia. During the Hittite era, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, these multi-leveled complexes were built as uniquely defensible communities, all had heavy millstones for doors that could be rolled in place to seal off the outside world. We passed churches, wineries, stables for livestock and cooking areas in this underground city.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 May 2024
  • CeePeeEm
    Doha, Qatar265 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unparalleled tunnel construction of ancient ages
    This Underground city throws light into how people used to live in the face of war and hide themselves from enemies. The extensive tunnel network inside consist of many levels with all types of dwellings. This place is a must visit while in Cappadocia, but people with mobility issues will not be able to make it inside because there are some narrow tunnels where we had to literally bow, bend and crawl. Also claustrophobic people must avoid this. We went there as part of Green Tour; without a guide one won't be able to understand what each level signifies and how they were used.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 June 2024
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ioana_matei
Bucharest, Romania265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
The underground city was my favorite part of the Green Tour. Such an amazing place full of history and well preserved. We were really lucky to be able to enjoy seeing this place without massive crowds. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and gave us lots of information on this place.
Written 14 November 2020
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k7vidya
London, UK1,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Opened in 1964, this is one of the 36 underground cities in Capadoccia. The underground city consists of 8 floors but we only get to see 4 of them. Our guide was really knowledgeable and gave us all the historical information about the cave. We enjoyed our tour.
Written 21 October 2020
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ExplorerSaru
Istanbul, Türkiye162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
A very unique and interesting underground city!

A series of narrow passageways that lead to rooms, living spaces, kitchens, churches, store rooms, barns, etc etc. There's not much information around and im unsure if there is an audio guide, could well be worth exploring with a guide, we didnt have a guide and still had a great time exploring.

So areas are rather tight and most of the ceilings are fairly low. If you suffer from claustrophobia this place is not for you.
Written 1 April 2022
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Lucy
Nashville, TN1,226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Very interested and amazing to see how people long time ago hid themselves and lived underground. We went there around 10:00 but was not open, actually it opened 11:00. Not sure if the time has changed due to COVID pandemic.

Some path inside underground was very narrow and you may need to squat down to pass through.
So, you need to be watched out for your head.
Written 22 November 2020
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michtsy
County Cork, Ireland168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Interesting to see how humans are able to build this underground city in ancient times! It was like a maze but there were small coloured arrows to guide visitors on the exit and in points. Having a tour guide was useful as well! Kaymakli is wider compared to the other famous Derinkuyu underground city. Worth a visit!
Written 15 March 2020
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lightningboy
Vancouver, Canada2,929 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We visited here on a Wednesday in April at 5:30pm and we had the entire attraction to ourselves. It’s truly amazing to experience this ancient underground city. The entrance ticket cost 250tl. As you descend down, the air gets cooler so bring a light sweater or coat. There are a couple of short 10m sections where you have to squat and waddle like a duck to get through. Some might find this a little claustrophobic. But for the most part one could stand up. It’s lit well enough to take photos. A guide would be useful to help explain what you’re looking at, but it’s not absolutely necessary. Just follow the blue arrows and you won’t get lost. I did see an official guide for hire at the entrance. We spent 30 minutes with our guide exploring the tunnels with no one else around. I would recommend seeing at least one of the underground cities. The other being Derinkuyu just 10kms down the road.
Written 8 May 2023
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
How could they build this underground city going multiple levels down all those years ago. I visited this city and still cannot believe it! The various aspects of wells, food storage areas, wine making areas, sanitation areas, etc are so well thought out and well executed. Highly recommended to visit.
Written 28 July 2021
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Kaymakli Underground City is supposed to have been built by a pre-Turkish people called the Phrygians, in the 7th and 8th centuries BCE, for the purpose of offering protection from foreign invaders. The city is spread on several levels, it contains rooms of all sizes, kitchens, stable, churches, wells, millstone doors, storage places, etc. How an unknown group of people were able to build something like this, with all the planning required for the airducts and water wells and the stone doors to lock the tunnels from the inside and the knowledge of how to avoid the collapse of the ceilings, more than 3000 years ago, leave you scratching your head...
Written 4 November 2022
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6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
If you are going to go, go early or whenever there are not hoards of tourists. It would have been a really interesting place to explore but unfortunately there’s no control on the amount of people going through which takes away from the enjoyment of the experience. With so many people it can feel quite stifling and claustrophobic. Best part was eating fresh gozleme from the women’s cooperative under the same roof line as the ticket booth and entrance. You can watch them roll out the pastry, fill with delicious fillings and toast it. I definitely recommend that experience!
Written 21 October 2023
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world1explorer
Nashville, TN354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
. Looking up and down the ventilation shaft deep inside the underground city gives you a sense of just how mammoth this city was and is, and seeing the ancient carved boulders that close off certain sections gives you a sense of how frightening and purposeful the experience must have been.

We did this underground city (the largest, occupied by early christians when in pursuit from the Romans) as part of a private Green Tour of Capadoccia organized by Pupa Travel. We were pleased to find that our museum pass for Turkey worked here.

Two tunnels were very narrow/low ceilings, similar to a pyramid tunnel, but otherwise very manageable and plenty of fresh air.
Written 8 January 2022
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