The deepest of Cappadocia’s many underground cities, Derinkuyu has stables, wells, wineries, and churches carved eight floors beneath the earth.
The province of Nevşehir, meaning “New City” in Persian, is home to some of Turkey’s most stunning sights and experiences. From the dark underground cities that wind their way deep into the earth to the dreamscape of natural stone pillars with hot air balloons floating lazily overhead, the province of Nevşehir is the heart of Cappadocia.
While the origins of the first peoples to begin cutting their cities into the soft volcanic rock of Cappadocia are unclear, the advent of Christianity in the area brought about a particularly stunning synthesis where the art and architecture of the Byzantine church was carved into the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia.
While the alien landscapes, underground cities, and rock-cut churches of Cappadocia extend well beyond its borders, Nevşehir is Cappadocia’s heart.