July 11, 2003

Underground city

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A classroom in the underground city of Derinkuyu. Thousands of early Christians could live underground in this city for a couple of months at a time. They had a church, a baptistry, a school, storage and sleeping areas, wells and secret ventilation and chimneys, traps and defensive systems, and space for animals to live. Nine of fifteen levels have been excavated and restored. There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of other cities like this in the region, mostly unexplored. Not a place for a claustrophobic, but fascinating. Cool on a hot day, too!

Posted by EGP at July 11, 2003 7:54 AM | TrackBack
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i find places like this so fascinating, i really wish that i could travel to see ancient places, especially when i has to deal with religion. i am very jealous. you have some beautiful pictures!

Posted by: Lianne at March 31, 2005 2:24 PM

Thanks.

Posted by: EGP at March 31, 2005 2:31 PM
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