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Village with underground caverns in Tatlısu

Around the church of Panagia Pergaminiotissa, outside Tatlısu, lie the ruins of a village with underground caverns and caves. The village is from the Venetian period and Tatlısu’s Muhtar, Mehmet, has begun to explore the village and tells us about of caves.

Villagers dug the caves to protect themselves from attacks by pirates who landed on the island. All the caves have not been excavated yet and Mehmet is working to explore the whole village area. In one of the caves there is a room with two floors. He does not know how many caves there are, what is in them and if they are connected in any way.

– This hole leads all the way to the carob tree over there, he says, pointing.

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About Petter Koubek 205 Articles
Has worked as a photographer since 1997. After his apprenticeship he commenced employment at the Metro newspaper in Prague as picture editor and photographer. Since 1998, he has worked freelance mainly for newspapers, weeklies and magazines in Sweden, but also assignments in advertising, weddings and Hus photography. Since March 2014 Petter has been living in Northern Cyprus. His approach is characterized by photojournalism and Petter has a penchant for storytelling with imagery.