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Friday, February 20, 2015

Back in 1963, a resident of the Nevşehir Province of Turkey found a secret room behind one of his walls. This room led to a tunnel, which led to one of the most shocking discoveries of the 20th century.

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The tunnel led to the ancient underground city of Derinkuyu.

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Derinkuyu is not the oldest nor is it the largest underground city. However, at 18 stories deep, it is the deepest.

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The city was used as a bunker during natural disasters, or times of war. The water wells are not attached to the surface, so they cannot be poisoned from above by enemies.

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The city had shops, tombs, schools, livestock, and individual homes.

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Archaeologists have been studying this discovery for over 50 years now, and it has provided them with some crucial insight of the ancient world.

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