5000-Year Old Underground City Discovered In Turkey

5000-Year Old Underground City Discovered In Turkey

A 5000 year- old underground city thought to be the largest in the world has been discovered in central Turkey.
The subterranean settlement was discovered in the Nevsehir province of Turkey's Central Anatolia region, in the historical area of Cappadocia. Cappadocia is famous in archaeological circles for its large number of underground settlement. This area rich in history from the Hittite times before 1,700 B.C. and was once a part of the Roman Empire.

The city, found in the province of Nevsehir, was discovered while developers were excavating for a new housing development in the area known in archeological circles for the amount of underground settlements. The project has since been cancelled.

Despite the fact that nearly US$ 38.6 million have been spent on the housing development, the Turkey Housing Development Administration (TOKI) doesn't feel it is a loss.

The underground city was found in the 45 hectares of the total 75 hectare area. Tunnel passages of 7 kilometers are also discussed. Project started in 2012. The underground city was discovered when the company began the destruction in line with the protocol. The first galleries were spotted in 2013. Escape galleries and churches were found in the underground city and the site has now been registered officially with the Turkey's Cultural and Natural Heritage Preservation Board, officials said. It is not the first underground city to be found in the Nevsehir area, but it is the most massive.