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“Underground City”

Ozkonak Underground City
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US$136.89*
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Gorgeous Cappadocia From Nevsehir Airport
Ranked #4 of 38 things to do in Nevsehir
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

As others have mentioned, this attraction is not for the frail or those with heart conditions, as you are climbing on uneven ground, going through narrow tunnels and in some small spaces. The cost is 8 TL or about 4 USD. Our guide, Ender, explained that the latest research suggests the caves were not for every day living ,but more for storage of grain/ food items & in times to hide from the enemy, as the rock contains asbestos. It is a wonderful experience, so different from other attractions!

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

I was amazed at how many levels down this place went and how many people and animals could live there at one time. Every detail was thought out, such as how to vent the smoke so no one would be able to see it from the outside. It's not for the claustrophobic, some place are tight and low. People with young children might have some difficulty and you'll have to leave the stroller behind.

Thank Theresa C
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Reviewed 21 November 2013

This experience is not for the claustrophobic, or the very tall. You will need to crouch to move from chamber to chamber. Nevertheless, if you are intrepid, this is a great tour. Really gives an authentic glimpse of how these people survived.

Thank Tenighir
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Don’t enter if you’re claustrophobic; some people with mobility issues may struggle too.
It’s mind-blowing to consider how so many people, along with animals (large & small) lived in these secret cities, for months at a time & were able to sustain themselves. Not so sure I’d have liked the lack of proper toilets though! It’s thought that waste products were stored, for some time, during periods of having to remain hidden.
The function of many chambers & rooms has been deciphered (including the winery! Got their priorities right) & we loved the ‘Indiana Jones’ style big wheels that could be moved into position to seal off entrances.
Can’t begin to imagine how long it took to construct these cities, with so many levels (we didn’t see all) or the physical exertion required to do it.

Thank Nephthys
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Through a narrow entrance, you will descend into a warren of interconnected cavern-like chambers, the totally unnatural work of the hand of man. These so-called cities were built to hide and protect the community and its possessions from hostile forces, and they could function satisfactorily for at least 3 months if necessary, although the invaders had usually left disappointed long before that. The first level that you will enter is the stable for the animals, especially horses. You will then enter various store rooms, kitchens, and a winery (of which there is yet another on the 3rd floor).There are two floors further down open to the public. These need quite a deal of crawling and squirming through narrow tunnels, so be warned if you have serious back or lower joint problems. In its present form, it is hard to distinguish the functions of the various chambers that you will be able to enter. They were used for dining, sleeping, socializing and praying. There are no latrines, as excrement was stored in large receptacles until the coast was clear. Interesting details include air shaft, apertures to release smoke from the upper kitchens, and large millstones that could rapidly be wheeled into position in a matter of seconds to keep out invaders. This particular city has 5 further stories underneath but they are not accessible to tourists. On my last visit to Cappadocia, we visited a more impressive underground that, according to our guide, held 14 stories in all, including shops, a market place, and a sizeable church, but I could not get confirmation of its existence during our current travels.

Thank davidgoldberg1
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