Monday, 9 October 2017

Tanka #4: Derinkuyu


In Turkey there are cities hollowed out of the ground by human hands which had no other option. These underground cities have water and air built in to them, storage spaces, living and learning spaces, but perhaps most importantly, sacred spaces.

Many different people have used these cities over the many many years they have been there, Muslims, Christians, and most recently, during the Second World War, Jews. For many years they were secret, but now we know, and should they be needed again, the aggressors would know too. I hope that there are some secrets kept quiet, because now we know about Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı (connected to Derinkuyu by a five mile underground tunnel), and many more.