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Corycian Cave, Arachova

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The Corycian Cave is located on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in Greece. In the mythology of the area, it is named after the nymph Corycia; however, its name etymologically derives from korykos, "knapsack". A modern name for the cave in some references is Sarantavli, meaning "forty rooms". This cave was sacred to the Corycian Nymphs and the Muses, and a place of worship for Pan.Strabo, in his Geography, writes: The whole of Parnassos is esteemed as sacred, since it has caves and other places that are held in honor and deemed holy. Of these the best known and most beautiful is Korykion, a cave of the Nymphai bearing the same name as that in Kilikia. (9.3.1) An excavation by French archaeologists in 1969 produced a plethora of objects of antiquity including a rare Neolithic male figurine, Mycenean shards, bone flutes, iron and bronze rings, miniature bronze statues, 50,000 terracotta figurines from the classical period and 24,000 astragaloi, or "knucklebones" (used for astragalomancy, or "prophecy by knucklebones").Traditionally the cave has been a place of refuge for the surrounding population during foreign invasions e.g. from the Persians (Herodotus, 8.36) in the 5th century BC, the Turks during the Greek War of Independence, and from the Germans in 1943.
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  • A good look at the way the area has evolved over the centuries ago!!! Great formations in the cave. Well laid out in regard to the walkways. Would highly recommend for trekkers!!!  more »
  • The track is almost impossible for any car, but walking is easy, there are no difficult passages and you will need only comfortable shoes. After 8 km through the pine-woods and immense sights on the P...  more »
  • It's a beautiful place for spiritual seekers, you should go here and meditate for sure. Try to be respectful to the place as it's a very holy site and if you do so blessings will come your way in more...  more »
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  • Fun hike from Athens. Definitely recommend it.
  • Huge cave with 9 chambers. If you'd like to see more than 2 you need to bring head lights, helmet, rubber boats and sturdy clothing. The first and main chamber is big. Could fit a couple of hundred people easily.
  • Amazing place. Be sure to sing like an old shaman.
  • Incredible views, large and full of Mythology cave!
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