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St. Michael's Cave, Gibraltar
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St. Michael's Cave or Old St. Michael's Cave is the name given to a network of limestone caves located within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, at a height of over above sea level. According to Alonso Hernández del Portillo, the first historian of Gibraltar, its name is derived from a similar grotto in Monte Gargano near the Sanctuary of Monte Sant'Angelo in Apulia, Italy, where the archangel Michael is said to have appeared.It is the most visited of the more than 150 caves found inside the Rock of Gibraltar, receiving almost 1,000,000 visitors a year.HistoryCreationThe cave was created by rainwater slowly seeping through the limestone rock, turning into a weak carbonic acid which gradually dissolved the rock. Through this process, tiny cracks in The Rock's geological fault grew into long passages and large caverns over thousands of years. The numerous stalactites and stalagmites in the cave are formed by an accumulation of traces of dissolved rock deposited by water dripping from the ground above.
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  • If you like limestone scenery this will not disappoint - amazing caves. Take your camera. Enjoy the music. Wear something sensible on your feet as it is damp though - especially if it has rained recen...  more »
  • I have seen a lot of reviews that have been critical of the light show they have inside of the Cave, but without that and the theatre it would be a pretty average cave at best. The cost is included wi...  more »
  • Fantastic caves and a must see in their own right but also outstanding concert acoustics. The lighting provides amazing ambience. 
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  • The caves are amazing and included if you buy a cable car ticket and walk down (which I highly recommend against). The lights and 1970s disco music/mid 2000s elevator music should not have been playing. However, a slow changing light would have been really cool. It's massive and if you like hiking then the caves are the perfect 10£ thing to do.
  • The caves are amazing. I can see the people living and working here during World War II. I would enjoy listening to a concert her. They have LED lighting connected to music.
  • Nice place to visit. I liked the lights and the look of the place. Price was a little steep but I would pay it again
  • beautiful place. Very nice for concerts. Visit it, when there are no vacations, else it would be crowded.
  • Glorious place and it would be nice if classical music is played inside instead of the Gladiator's movie soundtrack (which is totally fine ;)). The place is magical when there is an opera play which happens twice a year.