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'Gate to Hell' discovered in Turkey

Posted on Sunday, 31 March, 2013 | Comment icon 24 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Italian archaeologists have announced the discovery of Pluto's Gate amongst ruins in southwestern Turkey.

The gate was said to be a portal to the underworld and was located in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis. Records tell of a cave filled with deadly vapors that meant certain death to anyone who stepped inside. "This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground," wrote the Greek geographer Strabo in around 24 AD. "Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell."

The discovery was made by a team led by Professor Francesco D'Andria who had conducted extensive research at the site. "We could see the cave's lethal properties during the excavation," he said. "Several birds died as they tried to get close to the warm opening, instantly killed by the carbon dioxide fumes."

"A “gate to hell” has emerged from ruins in southwestern Turkey, Italian archaeologists have announced."

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Comment icon #15 Posted by ancient astronaut on 1 April, 2013, 2:11
Learn something new every day.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Capt Amerika on 1 April, 2013, 12:47
So, I have only to travel to Turkey when going to Hell. Nice to know. Or just go to Michigan. You can get to Hell there as well.
Comment icon #17 Posted by stevemagegod on 1 April, 2013, 21:39
interesting i wish stuff like that was near where i live.
Comment icon #18 Posted by USNMCB10 on 1 April, 2013, 22:38
...and the Stairway to Heaven was discovered at Stonehenge!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Melo - on 1 April, 2013, 23:56
I thought my ex-girlfriend denise was the only gateway to hell...hmm the world IS ever so curious
Comment icon #20 Posted by Nathan DiYorio on 4 April, 2013, 4:22
this is not a gates to hell. It's just some stupid cave that is full of carbon dioxide. Probably from a lava deep inside the cave. Once again it's all bull, all write up stories, no pictures, no clear and professional investigations, no videos. And for some reason, some members of the public, keeps falling for these kind of stories I see you've never heard of an analogy before.
Comment icon #21 Posted by conspiracy buff on 5 April, 2013, 6:02
I think it is interesting that these mythological places that have been filed away as legend and nonsense by science in the mainstream, have more and more evidence being discovered for their existence. With these being actual places, it makes you wonder how much other "myth" or "legend" is reality.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Mantis914 on 11 April, 2013, 2:50
If you see my ex- there trying to get out, slam the gate on her...
Comment icon #23 Posted by rustygh on 12 April, 2013, 7:18
Do people really fall forbthis crap? Therebis obviously some deadly gas from something killing life. Haha I saw one comment asking us thisnreakky true, deaths gate? Holy as$clowns!
Comment icon #24 Posted by Timonthy on 14 April, 2013, 6:08
I thought my ex-girlfriend denise was the only gateway to hell...hmm the world IS ever so curious I'm so sorry but I have to ask if you're referring to her as a whole, or referring to any of a number of singular orifices? (The way you worded it made me do it, not my fault!! )

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