A secret underground city of 20,000 people – how did chickens reveal it to the world?

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As I walked through Cappadocia’s Love Valley in Turkey, dust was blown by a brisk wind. Pink and yellow hillsides colored the landscape with deep red valleys.

Also, smokestack-like rock formations could be seen in the distance. Thousands of years ago, the turbulent volcanic environment naturally formed these towers. Located in central Turkey, millions of people visit this place for sightseeing and hot air balloon rides.

But beneath the crumbling surface of Cappadocia, a subterranean city has been hidden for centuries, housing the secret of 20,000 people.

The ancient city of Elengubu, known today as Teringuyu, was surrounded by 18 levels of caverns more than 85 meters below the earth’s surface. The world’s largest excavated underground city has been in continuous use for thousands of years. The city was abandoned by the Cappadocian Greeks in the 1920s following their defeat during the Greco-Turkish War. Not only are its cave-like chambers hundreds of miles long, but the more than 200 small and separate underground cities discovered in the area are connected to these cavernous passageways, and appear to form a vast underground network.


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