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“Very interesting!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kaymakli

Kaymakli
Ranked #2 of 36 things to do in Nevsehir
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Owner description: One of the famous underground cities of Cappadocia, Kaymakli contains over 100 tunnels with low, narrow and sloping passages. Although the structure goes deeper than 100 feet below ground, only the first four floors are open for public viewing.
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“Very interesting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Really enjoyed the place, learned a lot. We hired a guide, lovely Mr Mustafa. He said he was one of the first guides there, and where it's true or not he is highly recommended. Sort of old fashioned gentleman, lovely manners, very good English, very knowledgable, happy to answer questions, made the whole tour fantastically interesting. Loved the whole thing!

Visited November 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“good experience underground ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

This is one of the underground cities in the area. Go early to avoid the crowd so that it's easier to move in the tight, narrow, low spaces. This reminds me of the Củ Chi tunnels in Vietnam, which are more difficult to manoeuvre

Visited October 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Claustrophobia Anyone?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

Kaymakli underground city tour is amazing, beautiful, mindblowing, educational and is an excellent thing to do as long as you are not CLAUSTROPHOBIC (fear of having no escape and being closed in small spaces).

The purpose of this ancient city was to protect the citizens during war time. Expect to see horse stables, churches, rooms and living spaces, and ventilation openings. You get to see the first few (maybe four) floors below the ground. I stopped and made a decision to return between the second the third floor when we had to actually crawl through small tunnels.

I suggest that whoever is in charge of Tourism in the area should limit the number of people and time to enter the underground city. It was crowded, noisy, dark, and becomes difficult to walk around, or even move, the more you go deeper. As a result, you could end up with a bad experience.

I personally would give it a miss the next time, but it is a good experience.

Visited April 2012
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“Interesting must see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012 via mobile

It is a very exciting place to see. Very narrow passages, drifts and ventilation shafts. It is told that 400 hundred families lived there in hand excavated caves. A very charming church inside..

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“Only for those who are agile”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Do not visit if you have knee or back problems or do not like closed in spaces. My guide did warn me of all of this and said there is a secret exit after you go into the first set of rooms. I wanted to plunge ahead so we did. Being very tall I found that I had to be bent in half to go through some of the corridors and alleys ways connecting the barious parts of the city. Also, lots of low overhangs so be careful bumping your head.

That being said, its really impressive to see this underground city that was carved out underground over the years. You can see the individual living quarters, the communal kitchen area, the storage areas and the winery areas.

After seeing how the society lived communally I was very impressed and a little sore from all the walking.

Visited September 2012
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