Where is the Tatlarin (Acıgöl) Underground (Subterranean) City
Discovered in 1975 and opened to visitors in 1991, Tatlarin Underground City is located in Tatlarin Town, 10 kilometers north of Acıgöl District of Nevşehir Province.
General İnformation About Tatlarin (Acıgöl) Underground (Subterranean) City
Only a small part of this underground city, which is spread over a large area, could be cleaned. Only the first two floors are open to visitors.
In this underground city, which has two discovered churches, the number of supply depots is high. The interior areas are quite wide. All these considerations suggest that this city may not be a civilian settlement, but a military garrison or a monastic complex.
The main entrance of the underground city, which has 3 entrances, was destroyed. The underground city is accessed through a 15-meter tunnel leading into a very large hall. Hall exit of the tunnel is secured with a keystone. There are toilets and kitchens around the hall. The most important feature of Tatlarin Underground City that distinguishes it from the other underground cities of Cappadocia is that there are toilets inside.
At the second entrance of the underground city, there are stables supported by large columns. There are 5 warehouses on the floor and a barrel in the barn section with ventilation holes on the ceiling.
Tatlarin Underground City Churches
There are 2 churches which are thought to be from the 13th century, in Tatlarin Underground City. However, it is estimated that there are many more churches in the area, which are not yet fully explored.
The frescoes on the walls of the small church, which has two apses, two naves and covered with barrel vaults, depict scenes from the Bible. The scenes in the frescoes are separated by bands. In the frescoes on the walls of the church whose narthex has been demolished, Christian saints Constantine and Helena, angel Michael and angel Gabriel, Virgin Mary, Jesus’ life and cross scenes are depicted.
The other big church attracts attention with its high ceiling.
Tatlarin Underground City Entrance Fee
The entrance to the Underground City of Tatlar is free of charge.
April-October (Summer hours): 08:00 – 19:00
November-March (Winter hours): 08:00 – 17:00
The museums and historical sites in Turkey are closed until 13:00 on the first day of religious holidays.