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Mellisani Underground Lake

Listed under Caves & Caving in Central Greece, Greece.

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More than just your average ‘blue grotto’, Lake Mellisani has an eerie beauty all its own. Twenty thousand year old stalactites and stalagmites arch above and below, forming the huge cave in which it’s concealed. The lake itself is around four kilometres long and can be visited by boat via a series of cathedral-like cave chambers of varying sizes. Its waters run in slowly through the island rock from a series of saltwater cenotes and drain away again into a natural ‘lido’ at karavomilos, so they’re constantly moving, and clear and fresh as air. This, as well as the collapse of part of the cave roof during an earthquake in the 1950s which resulted in a way in for the sunlight, make the caves a network of kaleidoscopic colour and eerily crisp sculptural form. If you’re brave enough, go diving there instead for some incredible sights.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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