On Crete, between Topolia and Kartsomatado (Koutsamatados) in the gorge of Topolia.
Near Hania, 48 km from Chania.
From Topolia through the gorge and the tunnel. Footpath immediately after the tunnel.
|Light:||none, bring electric torch. electric light.|
|Dimension:||Dia=70 m, H=20 m, A=285 m asl|
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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 20 m 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.