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, Italy13,204 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 York316 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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CeePeeEm
Doha, Qatar265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 27 June 2024
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happykoabug
Honolulu, HI600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
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.
Written 31 May 2024
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Yorkshire Lad - The Original
York, UK1,642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
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.
Written 26 May 2024
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cutelady Baluch
Muscat Governorate, Oman3,281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It was great to navigate it with a tour guide (who was provided by my tour company) who explained details of each area ..
The tunnels are narrow, so not good for people those have phobia. And the people with knee sickness and asthma
Written 30 April 2024
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DebO
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Fascinating place. Better with a guide as there is no info inside. Amazing to learn about the survival strategies in place 4000 years ago.
Written 25 April 2024
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Brandylady
Aberdeen, UK1,315 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Visited here as a tour group ….. got as far as the stable … from there it is down steps , difficult footing and poor lighting of narrow caves,
Not for me… so I turned and exited ..as did several other members of the group. The brave and non claustrophobic went on !
Written 20 April 2024
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Tracy N
Lee, UK31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The underground city itself was very nice however, I was not happy with the very rude toilet attendant. I paid an entrance fee of €13 to visit the underground city and on leaving I needed the toilet. They had a charge of 10lira which is about 24p. I did not have any cash and asked if I could pay by card as that is all I had and I could see he had a card machine. The man refused to let me use the toilet even after I explained I had a 30 minute drive and was desperate. The man then became very rude and just kept pointing for me to leave the toilets. A very kind woman offered to pay the fee for me, at first the man even refused to take her money and said he would not allow me to use the toilet. After they exchanged words in turkish he took the money.
This is a very basic human nessesity and having paid an entrance fee to the attraction there should be public toilets free of charge!
On behalf of the very kind woman I will donate some money to a charity in your honour.
Written 14 April 2024
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Atis B
Kharagpur, India1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
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.
Written 30 December 2023
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Q4182EUdan
Istanbul, Türkiye116 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The place itself is a wonder. Really big and interesting to see. If you have limited mobility I would suggest turning back after the church. The big issue is they let huge tourist groups in with their guides and so we were stuck behind a very large slow group. We managed to get past eventually only to find another! If they limited the size of tour groups this would be a much better visit
Written 1 November 2023
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK969 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This place is totally unique as far as I know.
The underground city is extensive and spread across up to 8 levels.
It's incredible to ponder not just on how these tunnels were built, but how people managed to live in them.
BEWARE ..
The tunnels are narrow and many of the ceiling are very low. If you have ANY mobility challenges do not join the tour. Once you are in ... you just have to keep going as there is no way back.
Prepare to come out with a few scratches on your head ... but hey ... it's just so different you probably won't notice ... until later!!
Written 30 October 2023
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