Caves in Crete



Kalorouma Cave
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At the top of the village Kalorouma at Cape Akrotiri near Chania, stands the church of Christ dating back from the 16th century in the local cemetery. A few meters to the west, we meet the cave Hristou Plai (meaning "on the side of Chist"). This cave is one of the 150 large caves located at Cape Meleha of Chania, a really large number. The cave has traces of Neolithic and later habitation. This cave was well known to the locals during the Second World War who found shelter here during the German bombings. The entrance is relatively small and not easy to locate. After the entrance we see a downhill stone staircase to the greatest of the cave rooms. The main hall has dimensions 15x15 meters and has a height of 6-7 meters making it quite spacious and comfortable.

The decoration of the cave is relatively poor with a very few stalactites and columns, mainly at the northwestern part of the cave, where they form a large and flat balcony, behind of which we meet a second beautiful 5m wide hall. The cave still forms two smaller galleries and we can discern the smoked roof by the religious ceremonies of our distant ancestors. The cave remains completely unknown, like the equally impressive cave Kontou near Mouzouras

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Additional Info

  • Location: Chania Prefecture
  • Type: Horizontal Cave
  • Water: Generally dry
  • Accessibility: Paved road

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