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Giant ancient underground city found that may be the largest in the world

Ian CrosslandMar 26, 2015, 7:34:53 PM

In the area of the world, known as the "cradle of civilization," it is often that we find ancient structures during construction or archaelogical digs.  Not to be confused with the Derinkuyu undergound city in the same region (which is a giant cave structure), this giant underound city is thought to be one of the largest in the world and one of the greatest archaelogical finds of all time.

The city dates back as far as 5,000 years and is located near the Nevşehir fortress.  The Cappadocia region, where this city and other underground cities are located, is ripe for underground habitation because the volcanic rock is easy to carve.


The city was found during a dig, preparing to build a new section of the modern-day city.  Since the discovery, all construction was halted and attention has been shifted to excavation.  At least 44 historical objects have been removed and preserved so far.

The city was first noticed as spires began popping up through the dirt in 2013; it is only recently that the realization occured that this is the largest underground city ever discovered.


Here is a video, highlighting the region and the underground caves that lie an hour drive south of the giant city


Image Credit: http://inhabitat.com/archeologists-dig-up-5000-year-old-underground-city-that-could-be-the-largest-ever-found/