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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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  • Great place to walk upon mountain. Walk is easy. Drive direction ski area. Drive past village. Follow sign Cave itself is big nut mot very special. You can also drive with your car almost to cave (pho...  more »
  • CENTRAL Greece. Mount Parnassus in Phocis. History and legends of gods and heroes. Within the rocky cliff a deep groove divides it into two parts and becomes a Creek bed. When it's raining profusely come out impressive waterfalls. Environment, legends aside, somewhat similar to the Carso.
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  • This cave is not the easiest to find. Ask your hotelier for directions. Or ask any local you meet. The road up the mountain is narrow, rocky, and steep. It was definitely intimidating. We had an autom...  more »