Kaymakli Travel Guide

  • Kaymakli
    by mavl
  • Kaymakli
    by mavl
  • Kaymakli
    by mavl

Kaymakli Things to Do

  • Citadel of Kaymakli

    Kaymakli underground city is built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli, in the centre of the village of Kaymakli. You may watch my high resolution photo of Kaymakli on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 27' 35.45" N 34° 45' 9.13" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Kaymakli Citadel. You may watch my 2 min 04 sec...

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  • The above ground village

    The above ground (derelict looking) houses in the village were constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. We were told that all the homes were connected to the underground cities with a tunnel. Some of the tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars.

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  • Moving between floors

    From my photo's you will notice the floors below and the staircases that you have to use to get from one storey to the next. I wonder if they had similar staircases in the old days?

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  • A glimse into the tunnels

    I hope that you get an impression from my photo's about how low, narrow, and steeply inclined the tunnels are. They only allow for one way traffice in most areas.

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  • Kaymakli

    Kaymakli is one of the largest underground settlements in the Cappadocia area. It consist of eight floors in total, however you can only visit four of the floors provided you are not clostophobic, asphmatic or have any heart diseases. The tunnels are very low and in places you have to walk bended, they are narrow, and steeply inclined. As you enter...

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  • Kaymakli underground city

    Although this underground city goes 7 floors down the visitor is allowed to visit the 4 of them. Have in mind that in some parts you have to duck down because some tunnels between the rooms are lower than a meter! Some tall people had some pain in their back after that! The rooms are big enough though even with more than 10 people inside but if you...

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Kaymakli Transportation

  • Kaymakli-Goreme road

    Kaymakli is situated about 19 km from Nevsehir -the capital of Cappadocia and Nevsehir Province. The Goreme open air Museum is situated about 10 km from Nevsehir. The landscapes of Cappadocia are magnificent and I was taking video all the way.You may watch my 4 min 27 sec VIDEO-Clip Kaimakli-Goreme road with Cerdar Ortac – Dayan pop Turkish music.

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  • Urgup-Kaymakli road

    Urgup is situated about 22 km from Nevsehir -the capital of Cappadocia and Nevsehir Province. The village of Kaymakli is about 19km from Nevsehir, on the Nevsehir-Nigde road. So it took us about half an hour to get to Kaymakli from Urgup. The landscapes of Cappadocia are magnificent and I was taking video all the way.You may watch my 3 min 17 sec...

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Kaymakli Shopping

  • Carpets

    Buying carpets in Turkey is a big thing, just be carefull when they try and sell you "old" carpets, cause they might not be that old. They put the carpets in the road, cover it with dust and let the cars run over it for a day or two , shake off the dust and then sell it for "old"

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  • Pashmina's

    Wherever you go, they will have pashmina's for sale and they will try and tell you that their local woven ones are much better than any from China or india. Anycase they make a nice gift for someone back home.

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  • souvenir market

    Like in all the touristic sights you can do your souvenir shopping in Kaymakli too! There is a small market (pic 1) near the exit of the underground city so you can check some items there. They have all the typical souvenirs of the region, the beautiful plates, the dolls from Soganli village (pic 2). Prices are normal, if its your last day in...

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Kaymakli Local Customs

  • Turkish Tea

    In every village you will find a tea house and normally the men are sitting there drinking their tea and discussing world affairs. This one is just outside the underground city.

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  • Turkish dogs and cats

    You know how I was missing my shepherds while traveling along Turkey! So you won't be surprised that every Turkish dog even it was a mongrel attracted my attention. I've already written about Turkish dog breeds here. I'm planning to write a tip about Angora Turkish cats. That one whom I saw in Kaimakli didn't look like an Angora cat, haha!

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Kaymakli Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of Claustrophobia!

    Claustrophobia is the well-known fear of enclosed spaces. It is typically classified as an anxiety disorder and often results in panic attack. One study indicates that anywhere from 2-5% of the general world population is affected by severe claustrophobia, but only a small percentage of these people receive some kind of treatment for the...

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  • Beware to be lost!

    First of all follow the red arrows for walking round the underground city and the blue arrows for exit! Take care to be in touch with your guide or people of your group. Beware your head in low corridors. You may watch my high resolution photo of Kaymakli on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 38° 27' 35.91" N 34° 45' 9.28" E or...

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  • Kaymakli Ancient history background

    The ancient name of Kaymakli was Enegup. The first three floors were probably carved out by Hittites about 2000 B.C. After that; Assyrians, Lycians, Persians, Kimmerians settled down in the region. In the year of 1000 B.C. Cappadocia Kingdom was established. The kingdom made war against Mecodomans, Galatians, Romans and Pontuses. The first...

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  • Kaymakli Modern history background

    The underground city of Kaymakli was opened to visitors in 1964.Until now even that have been determined about 40 underground cities just six of these have been opened for visit. The most well-known are Kaymakli and Derinkuyu. It is considered that there are tunnels to link this city to other underground cities like Derinkuyu.Nobody can know how...

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  • Kaymakli Museum

    Open every day March-September 8.00-19.30, October-February 8.00-17.00.Entrance fee 10 LE ($3). It will take you about an hour to explore four floors of the city with a guide. I don't know whether there are excursions without guides. If, yes, you would spend more time there, haha!My ticket is at the second pic. It proves I really was there! You may...

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