In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room. The man continued digging and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city, part of the Cappadocia region in central Anatolia, Turkey.
It is a magnificent composition: the power of the medieval church and its God seem on the point of being overwhelmed by another type of power. Both buildings, however, are beautiful – and demonstrate De Maré’s love of the vernacular, of buildings whose creators received little recognition, yet which electrify the architectural imagination. (via Eric de Maré’s secret country | Artanddesign | The Guardian)