Cities Underground

Fantastic in the Everyday

KaymakliSince we’ve been discussing The Realms Thereunder, I thought it might be appropriate to highlight this post from the very early days of my blog on real-world underground cities:

“A man steps through the wall and enters a long-hidden city, concealed in stone beneath the crust of the earth. Surely such a tale belongs to the realm of fantasy. Yet it happened in our world, and more than once.

In the 1960s, a man in Derinkuyu, Turkey planned to expand his cave home, only to find, upon breaking through the wall a mysterious room, carved from rock. One hidden room would be fantastic enough, but this led to the discovery of an underground city, a network of corridors, chapels, stables, kitchens, wine and oil presses, bedchambers and storage rooms. Derinkuyu’s underground city has vast dimensions, capable of holding up to 50,000 people. Its eight levels (possibly eleven, but only eight explored thus far) may not compare to the Mines of Moria in intricacy of design of beauty, but vaulted ceilings stretching up to ten feet in the chapel, massive round doors of stone—weighing between 400 and 1000 pounds each—and long staircases all reflect skilled craftsmanship.

Incredibly, similar underground labyrinths sprawl under miles of territory in the Cappadocia region of Turkey…read more.”


  • John Edgell
    February 24, 2012 - 9:58 am · Reply

    Hum. Quite fascinating! Would love to “read more,” but the “read more” takes me to “sorry, this page cannot be found.” Is it a glitch on my end or yours?

  • Kessie
    February 24, 2012 - 10:01 am · Reply

    Oh noes! Your ‘read more’ link is broken!

    Underground cities fascinate me. My hubby got me to read the Myst books about this whole culture called the D’ni. They lived a zillion miles underground and had invented magic books that portaled to other worlds, and all their food and everything came from the worlds accessed through the books. And then their culture collapsed. It was a really interesting read.

  • Sarah Sawyer
    February 25, 2012 - 10:32 am · Reply

    John and Kessie, thanks so much for letting me know the link was broken! I’m so sorry about that, but it’s fixed now–you should be able to get to the rest of the post. 🙂

    And Kessie, that culture sounds quite intriguing. I’m with you in being fascinated by underground cities!

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