CAVES SOUTH CORFU


AGIOS MATTHEOS

TRIPA TOU PELAOU CAVE                             

The Tripa tou Pelaou cave (Hole of the sea) is located on top of the hill of Agios Mattheos 500 metres from the monastery. The cave dates from the Paleolithic Period. The size of the entrance to the cave is only 2 by 2 metres but the depth to the first floor is more than 80 metres and the length of the first floor is approximately 100 metres! The cave has beautiful stalactites. 

 

Close to the cave is another small opening that probably also leads to the first floor of the cave. The cave was explored by French cavers without knowing its exact length. Nothing was recorded about their exploration.

 

It is said that the cave has 7 levels and communicates with the sea. It is even said that they once threw a cat into the cave and found it in the sea the next day. Is it possible that a cat survives a (traumatic) toss of such a height and afterwards walked for several hundreds of meters, through 7 levels (if those 7 levels exist) in a dark and cold cave?

 

Literature: 

Μπουνιάς ΙωάννηςΚερκυραϊκά Ιστορία - Λαογραφίατόμος Α΄Αθήνα 1954, σ. 65.

 

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