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Kaymakli, Nevsehir

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Fountain Ruin
Explore the tunnels of the underground city of Kaymakli. First opened to tourists in 1964, this city consists of houses constructed around nearly 100 tunnels, extending eight stories below ground. During your exploration of the four floors open to visitors, note that each space is organized around ventilation shafts, and many of the tunnels are still being used as storage areas, stables, and cellars. One of the largest underground settlements in the region, the tunnels are thought have supported up to 3,500 people. Visit the stables on the first floor, the church on the second floor, the storage areas, kitchens, and wine and oil presses on the third floor, and the even more extensive storage rooms filled with earthenware jars on the fourth floor. Hire one of the tour guides at the entrance of the city to help you understand the significance of the tunnels and what you see, as there are no posted information boards within the tunnels. Those with high blood pressure or a fear of small spaces may want to avoid the lower levels, as the tunnels are small and the ceilings were built low to ward off persecutors. To visit Kaymakli and get the most from your holiday in Nevsehir, create itinerary details personal to you using our Nevsehir itinerary maker.
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The town of Nevşehir, just 20 minutes from the rock formations of Cappadocia by car, thrives on its local flair. More of an authentic town than the others nearby, Nevşehir offers a better range of budget hotels. Here the trade-off for affordable accommodations is the distance to the tourist attractions--locals advise that you rent a car to get to neighboring towns and sites. If you're inclined to experience cave-dwelling first-hand, seek out neighboring cities' pricier cave hotels. You'll also find a collection of guesthouses and hostels within the city.
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  • Such an advanced Underground city thousand years ago? WOW! The rooms are spacious, the corridors are not that thin and the architecture is amazing.  more »
  • Cappadocia and Turkey are both filled with unique places to visit and if in this plethora of fascinating sites, Kaymakli still stands out it's totally worth visiting. We were lucky to have Mr. Mohamme...  more »
  • Amazed by the engineering of the ancient people and their simple lifestyle. I would definitely recommend a tour guide because otherwise you wouldnt know what you are looking at and you would just get ...  more »