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Published on Oct 29, 2009
Derinkuyu Underground City is located in the homonymous Derinkuyu district in Nevşehir Province, Turkey. The underground city at Derinkuyu has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels. First built by the Phrygians in the 8th7th centuries B.C according to the Turkish Department of Culture. The city could be closed from inside with large stone doors. The complex has a total 11 floors, though many floors have not been excavated. It has an area of 2,000 square feet, each floor could be closed off separately. The city could accommodate between 3,000 and 50,000 people. The underground city of Derinkuyu was the hiding place for the first Christians who were escaping from the persecution of the Roman empire.