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The underground cities of the Byzantine Empire - Veronica Kalas

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The breathtaking geological formations of Cappadocia are one of the most astonishing landscapes on Earth. Also known as “fairy chimneys,” this impressive terrain hides an equally remarkable feat of pre-modern engineering: a network of extensive underground cities stretching deep below the surface. Who inhabited these cities, and why? Veronica Kalas uncovers the secrets of this buried history.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Veronica Kalas
  • Director Serin İnan, Tolga Yıldız
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Storyboard Artist Dilara Karakaş
  • Animator Tolga Yıldız, İrem Usta
  • Compositor Tolga Yıldız
  • Art Director Serin İnan
  • Composer Tolga Yıldız
  • Illustrator Dilara Karakaş
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Produced by Abdallah Ewis
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Dan Kwartler
  • Script Editor Nidhi Upadhyaya

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