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St. Michael's Cave, Gibraltar

Categories: Geologic Formations, Caves, Nature & Parks
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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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  • This was an amazing place. I would be understating it if I try as you will have to see it to know what I mean. They hold concerts here and as you walk down the steps to the stage you discover other pa...  read more »
  • Rather expensive at £10 to get in but once in the views are staggering. Amazing to think they have concerts here. The caves are lit with different colours and that makes for a truly eerie spectacle at...  read more »
  • This was a stunning experience . The music and lights added to the atmosphere. It would be so magical to experience one of the concerts that they hold there, maybe a return visit is required 
  • 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.
  • A nice photo stop. The caves are amazing and the colourful lights make it even better (in my opinion). The price is a little steep if your just going for sightseeing, but if you are going to take pictures, relax or watch a concert, then it is great.
  • Stunning cave, with superb illuminated stalagmites and stalactites. Would be amazing to see a gig here.
  • Visited in March 2016. It was a great experience visiting the Saint Michael's Cave, many people told me that I should visit it but I did not expect it to be so huge and so impressive with all those stalactites and the colours made by illuminations. I would definitely recommend this place.
  • The cave is beautiful and worth the visit. However I could do with changing lights every few seconds but the music they played was rather annoying. Could be a great experience if they play classical music not a loud disco.
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