One of Cappadocia’s most interesting villages is found below the town of Derinkuyu, the underground city. This town dates back to the Hittite times, but evidence from excavations revealed that the Hittites only used the top level. Currently there have been discovered eight levels of dwellings, storerııms, chapels and parts of monasteries. These man made underground caves are grouped around a 280 feet shaft with a cleverly devised ventilation system consisting of 52 vents. Other underground passages linked the city with other cities in the communities. At the center of the city is a chapel, which today is used as a mosque. It dates back to the 16th or 17th century and contains paintings of jesus, Mary, angels and saints.
"Goreme" the famous rock churches lies adjacent to the village of Goreme. Half this village consist of cave dwellings. Numerous rock churches can be found in this area as well as the spectacular "open air museum". Before 1964 these churches were not propected but now are protected by tour coverings on various sights. Other sites include the Dervent, Zelve, Ihlara, and Soganli Valleys as well as the city of Uchisar.
Cappadocia’s charming landscape remains unparalleled in history and mystery.