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Caves in Eastern Crete

Megalo and Mikro Katofigi (Agios Georgios)



Caves in Eastern Crete

Megalo & Mikro Katofigi
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The village Agios Georgios, is located 14 km away from Sitia on the Sitia-Makrigialos-Ierapetra road. Anyone interested in caves should not fail to visit the Micro Katofygi cave (425 m above sea level) north-west of the village on the slopes of the hill of Mandiliou Plai. It was inhabited in ancient times and sherds of the Early Minoan period were found inside, as well as the bones of humans and other mammals.

The cave consists of a small chamber from which a sloping gallery descends some 40 m into the hillside, with many naturally decorative features, and hollows filled with water. Not far away is the Megalo Katofygi cave. It has an opening 3,20 m wide and consists of two chambers, the first of which is 24 m deep and 12 m wide and the second 42 m deep and 11 m wide. The second chamber has four bays in one of which there is a big pool of water. The entire course inside of the cave is almost 100m.

From the book "Sitia", N.Papadakis, Archaeologist,1983

The entrance of the cave is well hidden and not seen from a long distance.
The walls of the first room of the cave
The exit of the cave looking from inside.
This very small hole, in which a man hardly can slip, leads to the second and main room of the cave.
The second room is full of stalactites of gorgeous shapes.
Another view of the main room.
A point of the roof of the main room.
The entrance of the cave, as we look from the outside.
The entrance is hidden just behind those rocks. The red crosses on the rocks will make the search of the entrance easier.
The second room is very big (about 40-45 m long) and arresting and the photo camera is unable to impress its length

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