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Kaymakli Underground City | Cappadocia Travel Guide

Kaymakli Underground City is undoubtedly a must-see travel route as one of the astonishing historical regions of Anatolia. Our traveler couple Merve and Furkan saw and wrote this magnificent travel spot in the Cappadocia region of Nevşehir by evaluating the car rental alternatives for you.

Kaymakli Underground City

In our opinion, the most fabulous route of our country is the Cappadocia Region. With its fairy chimneys, man-made houses carved into soft rocks, and defensive castles, this is a very interesting destination that fascinates almost every traveler. In addition to its beauties on earth, there is another feature that makes the Cappadocia Region interesting. These are underground cities spread over almost all of this geography. Moreover, we are not exaggerating when we say that it has spread almost completely. Because if we add the 36 that are open to tour in Cappadocia, and the ones that have not been fully unearthed yet, there are about 150 underground cities.

It is not known exactly by whom and when each of these underground cities, which are discovered to be almost entirely connected from underground, was built. But there is something known. It is thought that these structures were built by the people living in the region for refuge and defense purposes.

In this article, we will tell you about Kaymakli Underground City, one of the most famous underground cities of Cappadocia.

Where is Kaymaklı Underground City, How to go?

Kaymakli Underground City, one of the dozens of underground cities in the Cappadocia Region, is located in Kaymakli Town, which is 20 kilometers from Nevsehir city center and named after the underground city. As it is a spot frequented by tourists, you just need to get behind the wheel of the car and set up your navigation. It is possible to make the most logical trip plan by renting a car from Yolcu360. If you wish, you can take a look at Kayseri Erkilet Airport car rental offers or take a look at Nevşehir Ürgüp car rental prices. Those who come to the region also consider Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport car rental options. You can also use your preference in this direction.

Information About It

Kaymakli is perhaps the most famous of the underground cities, which is one of the permanent representatives of the list of places to visit in Cappadocia. This special place, which is one of the points that has had its share from the late discovery of tourism values in our country, was opened in 1964 for travel lovers. Just 20 years later, in 1984, it found itself in the Unesco World Cultural Heritage List.  Kaymakli Underground City has living spaces that go down to 8 floors below the ground. But, only 4 floors of Kaymakli Underground City are open to visitors today. But don’t be upset right away. Because even traveling those four floors is more than enough for you and surprises you a lot.

Sections of It

As soon as you enter Kaymakli Underground City, you start to move through narrow and low tunnels. The barn section greets you on the first floor. The reason of this; the difficulty of the animals getting on and off the lower floors. After this section, as you move on to the lower floors, you come across living spaces, kitchens, rooms, churches and tombs.

Even the thought of people living, sleeping and eating and drinking in these places creates strange feelings that are difficult to describe. Moreover, they have done it so systematically that they even have a special ventilation system! Imagine. Today, we complain that we live in crowded cities and high-rise buildings and cannot get fresh air. But we do not neglect to be proud of the advanced technology that human beings have come to. Whereas, hundreds of years ago, the men provided the best of the conditions of that day, perhaps not technologically, but  in terms of clean air,  under the ground. It is interesting, is not it?

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Kaymakli Underground

Let us briefly tell you one more interesting features of this place. There are sliding doors in addition to rooms, cellars, warehouses, water cellars and ventilation chimneys that are connected to each other by narrow passages in Kaymakli Underground City.

The size of the sliding doors, which are designed in the form of wheels, varies between 1 meter and 2.5 meters, and their weight varies between 200 – 500 kilograms. These doors, which are considered to be built for defensive purposes, can only be opened from the inside. Isn’t it very interesting that this was thought and discovered centuries ago? Or do we underestimate the people of that period and see ourselves in the giant mirror?

Anyway, long story short, traveling through underground cities is one of the most special experiences of Cappadocia. Kaymakli Underground City is also one of the best known. We strongly recommend you to see it when you come here.

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Kaymaklı Underground City Entrance Fee and Visit Information

Kaymaklı Underground City is open to visitors from 8 pm to 7 am from 15 April to 2 October, and from 8 pm to 5 pm from 3 October to 14 April. The entrance fee to the underground city, which is closed until 13:00 on the first days of religious holidays, is 35 TL. Museum card is valid.

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