CAVES NORTH CORFU


SGOURADES

PANADOGRAVA CAVE

The search to the Panadograva cave took three years. Now I can say with certainty that the Panadograva is not a legend!

 

In the first part of his book (1954) the author Ioannis Bounias wrote the village of Sgourades talks about a Panadograva cave. In the second part of his book (1958), Bounias wrote about Pano-do-Grava which is located on the verdant hill of Ano Sgourades, near the telecommunication station. On the outside there are stones and it seems that shepherds used to live there. The Panadograva cave consists of a main room and a chasm closed by stones. The inhabitants told how they threw a cat into the chasm and that it walked later close to the Holy Trinity church in Klimatia.

 

With the friendly help of the chairman of the village of Sgourades and a resident, armed with a chainsaw and other garden tools, we were able to visit the Panadograva cave on Thursday, August 29th. The view from the hill was fantastic. In the distance we could see the Holy Trinity church.

 

After a walk through high vegetation we found the entrance to the cave. The cave has a main room, followed by a chasm which is closed with stones. On the wall above the entrance to the chasm there are few but unique decorations with stalactites.

 

The story about the cat was thrown into the chasm and walked close to the Holy Trinity church in Klimatia is not reliable. The temperature of a cave is 17-19 degrees Celsius. Hypothermia is the most serious threat to a speleologist / caver and an animal. The drop would have caused serious injuries to the cat. Therefore it seems inpossible the animal walked suck a long way. The cat would have died from its wounds and of hypothermia.

 

Literature:

Μπουνιάς Ιωάννης, Κερκυραϊκά Ιστορία - Λαογραφία, τόμος Α΄, Αθήνα 1954, σ. 65.

 

Μπουνιάς Ιωάννης, Κερκυραϊκά Ιστορία - Λαογραφία, τόμος B΄, Αθήνα 1958, σ. 153.

 

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