Cave of St. Paraskevi or Scotino Cave

First of all, I have to admit that sometimes, there is something that you don’t give the proper attention. The same happened to me with this natural underground chamber. It is very near from where I live, and as a matter of fact,  I have heard a lot about that cave. On the other hand, its the first time that I visit and all I can say is whoaaaaoooo!!!

It lies close to the Skoteino village, 22 km from Heraklion, and it is one of the largest caves on Crete. Due to the size, it’s very impressive, most of all the entrance: 10 m high and around 30 meters wide. The total site is 170 meters covering an area of 2.500 square meters. Huge stalactites and stalagmites add a unique feel to the cave. For instance, if  you check closely to the walls you will be able to see the green colour that normally see on expensive stones.

You need to carry a small flashlight if you need to explore more of the cave.

But there’s is a catch. Try to spend some time inside, and to give a few seconds to your eyes to grant you night vision. Another thing to consider is the time of the day to enter the cave. The midday when the sun is above  is better as direct light enters the cave. Opposite, in the late afternoon, there is a big hill that sun is behind it so it gets easy dark. It was a tremendous experience shooting this place.

Don’t forget to wear a Headlamp

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Skotino Cave 35.304724, 25.297694 The Skotino cave is one of the largest and more impressive caves found in Crete. The cave lies high on a hill near the village of Skotino, a few kilometers inland south of Gouves.Read More (Directions)

Equally important is to the right of the cave that you can see the roots of an ancient chapel and also the new chapel of Agia Paraskevi.

 

Skotino (1 of 12)

This impressive place is a great tourist attraction and is well worth a visit for sure. With this in mind in one month, I have visited three times just to make sure I have seen most of it therefore, I need to visit it again. It goes like this. First, you visit it make some images then study, then again visit it, then study again, then make some planning shooting, etc.

The theory of Paul Faure

The theory of Paul Faure (archaeologist) in 1953 after a study of the place, came to a conclusion that the cave was the famous labyrinth of Knossos. There is a special energy there … I knew it! Special and mysterious

To summarise, all I have to say is that I enter in a different world all things consider above I discover a great feeling about caves and I will try to explore as many as possible.

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