From the small hamlet of Karavostasi, which is also the island's port,
one can get to the cave of Chrysospilia ('Golden Cave') in thirty minutes by caique.
It is thought to be one of the largest caves in Greece, but remains unexplored.
It is ten metres from the sea and its vault is propped up by stalagmites in strange
Aside from the impressive stalagmites and stalactites which form its interior decor, the cave is also of interest as a significant archaeological site. Human skeletal remains, pieces of broken pottery and countless male names have been found here. It is believed that the cave was a place of worship for the ancient Greeks and it is possible that the protecting gods of the island were worshipped inside it.
This text is cited Apr 2003 from the Development Association 21th Geographical Unit URL below, which contains images.
The cave is situated on the North-Eastern cliff of the island. It
has much more lithomatic decoration. The characterist is the writing of ancient
names mainly youths "KALON". There are sparely in the first room mainly
and are frequented in the very interior. There are on the walls and on the roof
of the rooms. 400 names are identified and 30-40 of them are mentioned for the
Ancient writers are mentioned the cave but mainly travellers of the past century, they managed despite the difficulties, to go up to the first room where are Roman basins and they mention the existence of ancient findings.
The cave is not touristically developed. It was used as a hidding place in the recent years.
This text is cited Sept 2003 from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture URL below, which also contains image.
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