In 2019, the largest archaeological castle discovery was made in the province of Nevsehir (Cappadocia) in Central Anatolia, a previously unknown underground city was discovered.
The city was discovered during the implementation of the urban transformation project of the Housing Administration of Turkey (TOKİ). Approximately 1,500 buildings located around the Nevshekhir fortress were destroyed, after which earthworks began, which preceded the construction of new houses. Then the underground city was discovered.
The head of TOKİ Mehmet Ergün Turan stated that the area where the underground city is located has been declared an archaeological territory, which will be taken under protection.
“This is an unknown underground city. Its tunnels reach a length of seven kilometers (3.5 miles). We have suspended all construction that was planned here, ”Mr. Turan said.
The city is supposed to have been built 5,000 years ago, like other underground cities of Cappadocia. It is located around the Nevsehir fortress. There have already been found galleries and churches, as well as special rooms where people hid from the invasion of enemies.