Caving in Crete



Trapeza Cave at Tylissos
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The Cave Trapeza at the hill Pirgos in Tylissos region, province Malevizi, was been used as a place of worship, as evidenced by the numerous potsherds on its floor, as well as the plateau in front of the entrance, dating back to up to the Late Minoan Era. The cave's most important finds are two figurines of men in worship position. Apparently, the worship in the cave is also related to the nearby Minoan Peak Sanctuary of Pirgos.

The opening of the cave is 1.85m high and 1.20m wide. The room is large (15,50m x 30m with a maximum height of 7m), with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The visitor of the cave immediately faces a large twin imposing column of stalagmites that leaves some free space between them, from where a human can hardly pass, as well as imposing stalagmite complexes.

To find the cave, we head towards Gonies and 700m after Tylissos we find the junction to the village Moni. Just across the road there is a dirt road, which after 3.2km goes up to Pirgos and approaches the cave, which is in front of a plateau, left of the road at an altitude of 460 meters.

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Additional Info

  • Location: Heraklion Prefecture
  • Type: With archaeological importance
  • Accessibility: Dirt track
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