Tatlarin Underground City

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Location: At Tatlarin, 10 km north of Acigol.
Open: OCT to 14-APR Tue-Sun 8-17.
15-APR to SEP Tue-Sun 9-19.
Fee: free.
Classification: SubterraneaCave House SubterraneaUnderground City ArchaeologyPainted Cave
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1975 underground city rediscovered.
1991 opened to the public.


Underground City, Cappadocia, Turkey. Public Domain.
Underground City, Cappadocia, Turkey. Public Domain.

The underground city at Tatlarin is located on a nearby hill calledThe Castle by the locals. Two different levels of the city can be visited. There are several churches, and extremely rare is the presence of toilets. There is only one other place in Cappadocia with this kind of toilets, that's Guzelyurt. Remarkable is the size of the chambers and the high number of food depots. There are theories, that this was no typical village, but a garrison or a monastic complex.

Nearby, at the slope of the hill is the Tatlarin Underground Church. Allthough part of the two nave church has collapsed, there are many murals to see. Painted on dark grey background are figures in purple, red and mustard. The scenes of episodes from the bible are separated from each other by dividers. They show Mother Mary with Jesus, Archangels Michael and Gabriel, Anastasis, Entry into Jerusalem, the Crucifixion, and the Transfiguration. There are also portraits of nine Saints. Secular pictures show Constantine the Great, Helena, and the donors of the church.