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Published:October 2nd, 2011 14:19 EST
Lost Cities of the Ancients Discovered: Derinkuyu and Drinkuyu

Lost Cities of the Ancients Discovered: Derinkuyu and Drinkuyu

By Ron G Anselm

If you are looking to take a vacation or just get away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday stress you eat like candy in your professional and personal life then I have the place for you. This isn`t your normal weekend getaway location where you go to just get a few hours of peace and quiet to get away from the kids and turn off your cell phone so your boss can`t call you in on a Saturday. This is a unique place where the art of relaxation blends in with the calming effect that the beauty of nature has on your every being.

This getaway is located in the heart of Anatolia, Turkey and is known as the Caves of Cappadocia. No it`s probably not a vacation getaway where you can just call the airlines, make your reservation to fly to Turkey and take a Taxi to the middle of the remote location but is more of a spot where you would probably call a travel agent and let them do the leg work for you.

The Caves of Cappadocia are rich in history and covered with tradition. Great civilizations of the past once called this region home and flourished here. The land is full of diverse terrain with its rugged volcanic landscape and a touch of erosion that highlights the spirit of this old and once popular land that still holds the spirit of the many past civilizations that frequented the region.

One of the main highlights of this place is not only the outside land but the spot if filled with many caves that the people that once lived here made their home in. The caves are a piece of engineering and architecture ingenuity with the structure of the caves being carved out of rock and within the main entrance to the caves are the many rooms that are equivalent to that of living in a modern home. The rooms have cut out windows, arched ceilings, and the entrance ways have milestone doors. This brilliant piece of architecture and marvel engineering is like how the great Pyramids were once built.

The complete complex is not only built like your modern home but also has multi-level houses live your modern duplexes and each house is connected by many tunnels, stairways, and passageways. These houses and underground cities were once hiding places used by the early Christian`s that were trying to avoid being persecuted.

To visits these Caves of Cappadocia is to take an approach of the  `out of the box` thinking. From the description of this area you really can`t just pop-in and start your own tour, you really have to have a guide with you that knows the underground cities and landscape. Also a guide that can answer the many questions that will more than likely flow through your mind like a wave at its crest rolling into the soft and gritty sand on any given beach on a normal tropical breezy day. There are also guided jeep tours where you can just sit back and hold on for the ride of your life as you explore this metropolis of wonder. Another great idea is to probably look into taking a balloon ride where you can have the best scenic view of everything for miles. This would give you the chance to take in every inch of the surrounding landscape and the take your breath away beauty.

The amazing entity about this place is of course the underground cities which are a marvel of nature in themselves. The cities are engineered has very complex structures and each of the complexity is filled with sort of a piece form a puzzle. The pieces that make-up each complex city are the many stables, cellars, storage rooms, water wells, chimneys, lamp niches, water tanks, refectories, churches, wineries, communal spaces, missionary schools, and not to mention the many study rooms. All of the separate entities make up the complete puzzle of how the caves, underground houses and cities are pieced together.

There are a total of thirty-six underground cities and vary in depth and size. Two of the deepest and widest cities within these caves are Drinkuyu and Kaymakli and Derinkuyu has been said to have housed and was home to over fifty-thousand people at any given time. You can also take in the complete fell of what it may have been like to be one of the Christians and people who once lived here. You can spend the night in one of the many suites within the caves. Probably would not be like spending the night in the Marriott but at least you can be adventurous and tough it out for one night and sleep below the surface in one of these suites. Also, maybe a good idea to bring a fan in the summer months it probably will get very hot sleeping at night.

From the caves below the surface to the surrounding area above the surface stands the main National Park here known as Goreme National Park. The National Park almost sounds like something out of the Grand Canyon in Arizona with its unique and colorful rock formations and its alien planet like landscape.

In 1985, the National Park was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was coined by the name of the Valley of the Fairy Chimneys. The National Park has and open air museum and is like a monastic complex with many churches and monasteries that date back to the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries. This spot would probably be a favorite for rock climbers and people just wanting to walk around the area and explore.

So, if you are looking to do something different on your next vacation the Caves of Cappadocia may be the perfect vacation spot for you. It has everything for the ones that want to relax and take in the beauty and for the ones that are bold and want to explore and do something different.