In Cappadocia in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey sits one of the biggest wonders of the world, the underground city of Derinkuyu. Found during a 1963 home restoration, a group of construction workers accidentally opened up a subterranean passage that led to this massive underground structure.
Eighteen stories going deep underground, the city is riddled with extensive subterranean dwellings and secret tunnel passages, the explorers and eventually archaeologists came upon kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, food storage rooms, oil and wine presses, wells, weapons storage areas, churches, schools, tombs, and domestic animal stables.
Upward of 15,000 ventilation shafts went from each level, down to the lowest, bringing much-needed oxygen from the surface. Archaeologists estimate 20,000 plus people lived in this at one time, and strange enough, more people could comfortably live self-sufficiently inside the city.
Some historians believe a civilization built such an incredible subterranean “metropolis” to hide from invasions that had occurred here and there in the past. Evidence of this may be the one thousand pound stone doors, resembling rock discs akin to rock wheels in the Flintstones cartoon. They carved a hole in the middle of each rolling stone-disc, and (some speculate) used the holes as an opening to shoot arrows or poke spears through to stave off invading armies. Also, and very sophisticated and peculiar, the doors could only close and open from the inside, and just as a genius, the way they constructed the walls around the doorways, it only needed one person to open and close these doors.
Pillar strength was an obstacle the builders had to figure out and overcome. And to the astonishment of engineers and researchers, they did. Not one area had caved in, not one pillar crumpled from the weight of the world above. To build an intricate underground city like this, a people would need advanced knowledge of the stone, stonework, architecture, engineering, and the local geography. It was a massive undertaking, equal to the pyramids.
According to Historic Mysteries, “Each level connected to the next level by a hallway with a similar stone door. Additionally, narrow passages forced people to go through in single file. Again, this made it much easier to defend against incoming soldiers.
“The underground city had a water containment system that also took safety as a consideration. It appears that one of the main ventilation shafts also served as a large well. However, the wells within the city did not all link together, nor did they all go to the surface. This protected inhabitants from invaders who might think to poison the entire water system from the outside.”
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But who exactly built this, and when?
No one knows. One, you can’t carbon date stone, so it’s anyone’s guess. Two, very few groups agree who could have built such a structure. Was it the Hittites? The Phrygians? Persians, Macedonians, Greeks, Armenians, or Syrians?
But what if it went farther back? What if, like the pyramids, these went so far back they could be one of the earliest constructed sites in the world? Could it be as old as Gobekli Tepe, dating back over 10,000 years? Or older?
I’ll get to that in a moment.
The underground city of Derinkuyu is a perfect place to survive during an apocalypse. Maybe a group of people imagined such an Earth ending or human ending possibility and spent twenty-plus years constructing, laboring, and finally finishing Derinkuyu. If the Pyramid of the Sun in San Juan Teotihuacán, Mexico took that long—a pyramid which rivals the Great Pyramid of Giza—then why would a people spend all that time building underground instead of above ground?
Could this be the work of people who expected to go through a major change, something humanity never experienced before? A sudden and dramatic climate change?
Perhaps. And this is where it gets strange. More and more researchers are looking at ancient texts to decipher who and why this underground spectacle was created as there are no records anywhere, not on wall carvings or leftover ancient scripts, documenting the construction.
This is where one of the oldest living religions, the Zoroastrians, comes into play. One of their texts, the “Vendidad,” states that a Persian King named Yima, “built an underground city on the orders of the god Ahura Mazda, to protect his people from a catastrophic winter. Much like the account of Noah in the Bible, Yima was instructed to collect pairs of the best animals and people as well as the best seeds in order to reseed the Earth after the winter cataclysm.”
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Yima was instructed to save an entire civilization, the Zoroastrian Empire, from a global ice age. And if that’s the case, the city would be much older than any known city ever found. Since the ice age began slightly over 100,000 years ago, ending almost 13,000 years ago, that would suggest the underground city of Derinkuyu could be over 100,000 years old.
That’s a big reach.
So what do you think? The oldest city to date? Or could a known civilization, not dating back over 2,000 years, have something to do with the massive, incredible underground city?