Ağırnas

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Ağırnas
Location of Ağırnas within Turkey.
Location of Ağırnas within Turkey.
Ağırnas is located in Turkey
Ağırnas
Ağırnas
Location of Ağırnas within Turkey.
Coordinates: 38°48′58″N 35°43′03″E / 38.81616°N 35.71748°E / 38.81616; 35.71748
Country  Turkey
Region Central Anatolia
District Melikgazi
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 38x xx
Area code(s) (+90) 352
Licence plate 38
Website www.agirnas.bel.tr

Ağırnas is a township with own municipality in Central Anatolia, Turkey, within the boundaries of Kayseri metropolitan area and administratively depending Kayseri's metropolitan municipality of Melikgazi, although it retains its distinct character. The town lies at a distance of 24 km (15 mi) from Kayseri center. Ağırnas is the birthplace of Mimar Sinan the Architect under Suleiman the Magnificent, and is a site rich in historic buildings. One recently restored house is associated with Sinan himself.

Although they remain far from having been explored in full, the town appears to extend for quite a length below the ground as well, which is not uncommon for Cappadocia and Ağırnas may well be sharing the characteristics and become the next in line to neighboring underground localities such as Derinkuyu and Kaymaklı Underground City. Caves and subterranean vaults and passages, complete in chapels, dining rooms, cells and perhaps even dungeons and torture rooms, are for the moment partially open to public with Sinan house's cellar as departure point.