Kaymakli Underground city is one of the most famous of the Cappadocia underground cities out of 34 of them. Built by early Christians to protect themselves from the religious persecution of Roman Soldiers, Kaymaklı Underground City is an elaborate maze of tunnels, caves and is the second widest of the underground cities.
Like all of the underground cities, the most impressive aspect of the Kaymaklı Underground City is the organised, structured and very well thought nature of the entire city. It had everything from living quarters, sleeping rooms, stables and communal kitchens to a church and a graveyard as well as being well fortified to protect its inhabitants. Kaymaklı Underground City also has an inordinate number of storage rooms.
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Kaymaklı Underground City is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. The city was opened to visitors in 1964 although only 4 of the 8 levels are accessible. The city is arranged around the ventilation shafts which bring air. The city is visited by over one million people every year and it still keeps some mysteries to be sorted out as there is no inscriptions.
Some Tips: If you would like to visit this place on your own, you can use public buses departing from Goreme bus station. Firstly, you need to reach up to Nevsehir city center and change the bus for Kaymakli town. It is 30 km far from Goreme town but it will take longer from Nevsehir center. It will take over 1 hour to get to the underground city by public buses. It will be same for the guest who are staying in Urgup , Avanos Uchisar hotels, they need to arrive to Nevsehir city center then they need to find the buses for the town.
There is an entrance fee of 35 Turkish Lira per person for the underground city. The GPS Coordinates of the underground city is 38°27’36.8″N 34°45’07.2″E.