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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  • July 26, 2017
    As for the cave she even. Little effort (35 min ascent) to reach the entrance of the cave which is rewarded by views of Mount Parnassus and mountain residences.
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  • July 7, 2017
    The most impressive cave of Parnassos unfolds its secrets. Pan’s Cave or Corycian Cave, at an altitude of 1.360 m. at the south west part of Parnassos, within a beautiful forest with firs and a great ...  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    We went to the cave and found it extremely interesting, especially that people still use it today. The accoustics were cool and we could imagine how music would sound in it. A very serene and calming ...  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    Fun hike from Athens. Definitely recommend it.
  • September 26, 2016
    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.
  • December 26, 2016
    Amazing place. Be sure to sing like an old shaman.
  • April 20, 2017
    Incredible views, large and full of Mythology cave!
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  • August 15, 2016
    Great view!!!
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