No one knows what's behind this strange door in Turkey

No One Knows What’s Behind This Strange Ancient Door

Although history books can't tell us much about it, experts believe it dates back to around the second century BC.


Turkey is a country home to countless ancient treasures. Some are more well-known than others. But, wherever you decide to travel to Turkey, it is likely you’ll come across a rich history. One of the lesser-known ancient secrets of Turkey can be found in the Çorum Province mountains. There, an ancient tomb is shrouded in mystery. Carved during a long-forgotten time, the details of the structures are shrouded in mystery, as are its interior. In fact, the ancient site, dubbed Kapilikaya rock tomb, has puzzled experts and visitors for both its architectural marvel and mystery for years.

Located not far from the black Sea, according to sources, Kapilikaya means “rock with doors.” Although history books can’t tell us much about it, Kapilikaya is believed to date back to around the second century BC, during a time known as the Hellenistic Period. It is highly debatable as to who it belongs to, and some experts lean in favor of the Romans, while others suggest a Greek origin. However, who its builders were remains a mystery.


No One Knows What’s Behind This Strange Ancient Door in Turkey

An aerial view of the structure reveals how impressive it is. But it also tells us that it looks like an out-of-place structure. From the outside, Kapilikaya looks like a massive entrance, a giant doorway. However, this door is one you cannot open. It likely never did. No one knows what exactly is located in its interior. Although the structure gives off the impression that its interior is massive, most experts agree that, if there is anything inside it, it likely is a miniature crypt with little space. But, its interior is unknown to us.

A little square carved into the doorway is likely the real entrance. Carved approximately one meter in width, it’s barely enough for someone to crawl through it, but no one seems to have attempted it. Furthermore, archaeological work has not been done at the site, and its interior remains shrouded in mystery. There is one inscription reading IKEZIOS at the top of the entrance. What this word means is another mystery, and some theories argue it is the name of the person that was buried inside it. Some argue it was a Greek commander.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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