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Spilia Agia Sophia - Ayía Sofia Cave - Cave of Agia Sophia - St Sophia's Cave


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Location: On Crete, between Topolia and Kartsomatado (Koutsamatados) in the gorge of Topolia. Near Hania, 48km from Chania.
From Topolia through the gorge and the tunnel. Footpath immediately after the tunnel.
Open: no restrictions
Fee: free
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: none, bring electric torch. electric light.
Dimension: Dia=70m, H=20m, A=285m asl
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History


Description

A short distance after the tunnel, there is a well maintained footpath on the mountain side which leads up to the cave entrance which is an impressive 25 m wide by 10 m high. The cave is of great scientific interest, and consists of an enormous chamber which has a diameter of 70m and is 20m high. There are marvellous stalagmites and stalactites of various shapes. In the entrance on the left end there is a small church with an icon that, as tradition says, came from Constantinople, and has been wedged in a rock Many finds from Neolithic era were discovered in the cave. Two patronal feasts take place there each year: One on Tuesday after Easter and a second on December 24, when the birth of Jesus is celebrated.


Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.


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