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Kato Kastania, Greece

Kastania's Cave

This remarkable Greek show cave was discovered by watching bees use it as a sort of spa. 

At the beginning of the last century, Kostas Stivaktas would sit in his fields near Saint Andrew’s church, watching bees entering a crack in the rocks, upon leaving it they seemed to him refreshed.

After noticing this remarkable transformation, he broke open the small fissure, and much to his amazement he encountered a beautifully unique and rare cave, full of stalactites and stalagmites in unbelievable combinations of colors and shape. Since then, both he and his descendants frequently used to go into the cave holding dried bush lit like a torch so they could see and get water from a small well inside. This was done up until 1958, when the cave became better known and was assigned protection by the community of Kastania. Today the densely packed cave is open for tours through a number of its singular chambers.

The cave is rich in unique stone formations that took 3,000,000 years to form. Rare formations such as disks and level stalagmites have formed along the walls and ceilings. In addition to the impressive rock formations, eagle-eyed visitors to the cave might catch a glimpse of the space’s resident rare creature, the “dolichopodo,” a locust-like insect that is both blind and deaf.

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