Last month, I closed on my first home. It was an exciting time for our family. We finally had a place to call our own. As we gutted the kitchen, I found handwriting behind the cabinets from Robert E. Miller. He was from Cranston, Rhode Island and appeared to remodel our home’s kitchen back on June 25, 1962. While it was exciting to find the man’s name from more than fifty years ago, one guy found something even more shocking underneath his home after knocking down a wall in his basement – the secret entrance to a lost underground city.
While renovating his home in the Nevsehir province in the country of Turkey, one man knocked down his basement wall. The year was 1963. And behind the wall, he found the entrance to this underground city that was lost for years. He walked into a system of tunnels that no one knew about.
And after a bit of investigation, it was verified that this man found the underground city of Derinkuyu. It was lost to history for hundreds of years. The city is one of many underground locales in the area. They were great at beating the heat. But Derinkuyu is special because it is massive.
Although there are bigger and more majestic underground cities built into the rock in the area, Derinkuyu is the deepest. It is more than eighteen stories under the surface.
Experts believe that the underground city was built in the Byzantine era sometime between 780 and 1180 AD. Although the city would have been cool in the summertime, that was not the only reason people would use it. Experts believe that it was originally created to bunker residents during war or in the event of a natural disaster.
The reason researchers argue that the city was built to protect people from war has to do with its construction. The underground fortress has doors that close from the inside. This means intruders could not get deeper into the complex, which could house more than 20,000 people at once along with their livestock. Each story of the city could be closed off from the one surrounding it. It was very safe for the people.
Since the city was found in the 1960s, it has attracted tourists from all over the world. People flock to the province in central Turkey to tour the city. It opened to tourists in 1969. You can visit about half the underground fortress.
If the man who bought the Turkish house had not wanted to “remodel” his basement, he never would have found the historically magnificent city.
Image what could be lurking behind a wall in your home. What if the buried treasure is behind your kitchen cabinets or is buried in the backyard. Would you find it worth your time searching for the secrets in your home?
Would you want to take a trip to Turkey and visit the subterranean city? If you did what do you think you could learn from the way people lived in Turkey over a thousand years ago?