1963: This Man Knocked Down A Wall Of His Home And Revealed An Ancient Underground City

By | August 28, 2019

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Turkey. Cappadocia. Derinkuyu Underground City. Source: (Photo by: Claudio Beduschi/AGF/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Imagine doing some home remodeling work in your house and accidentally stumbling upon the entrance to a hidden underground city with significant archaeological importance. It may sound like the plot to a best-selling novel or action-adventure movie, but it actually happened in Turkey in 1963. Here is the incredible story of the ancient underground city of Derinkuyu and its modern rediscovery. 

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Archaeologists found around 100 hidden entrances into the underground city. Source: (travelawaits.com)

Home Improvements = New Discoveries

In 1963, a homeowner in the Nevsehir province near the Turkish city of Cappadocia was doing a renovation project. When he tore down an old wall, he discovered a secret room hidden in his basement. This would be surprising enough, but after poking around the secret room, he made an even more startling discovery. There was a tunnel leading out of this hidden chamber that descended down into a mysterious labyrinth