MELISSANI, THE GREEK CAVE IN WHICH THE NYMPHS LIVED - THE BACKPACKING

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

MELISSANI, THE GREEK CAVE IN WHICH THE NYMPHS LIVED



It is called Melissani, since it has the most transparent turquoise waters that you have ever seen and a large skylight that lets in the rays of the sun, perfect for discovering all the nooks and crannies of this magical grotto located in Greece. Melissani is an ideal place to enjoy the king star with all the quality and protection; In short, so take note and be very careful so that your next trip is here, we begin ...


  • Paradise Story:

It is said that the nymph Melissani, a beautiful maiden-like deity, was in love with Pan, demigod of the shepherds and herds. However, he did not reciprocate her love, and in response, she committed suicide by drowning in the hidden blue waters of a cave. After that, other nymphs took the place as a refuge: there they could sing and dance away from the eyes of humans ... and fauns, who liked to kidnap them.

Many years later, an earthquake that affected the entire island of Kefalonia (Greece) left that divine grotto in sight: the roof fell, showing a natural skylight that turned the ancient cavern into a cenote. Then, Giannis Petrochilos, a speleologist, rediscovered it for humans in 1951.

And we say rediscovered because in 1962 relics of an ancient Minoan culture were found in the cave, which established there, on one of the islets, a sanctuary for Pan and the nymphs. There were figures of the demigod, a disc with images of the beautiful deities dancing in clay, a plate in which they were shown their procession and other similar objects of worship.

Today, these caves full of magical energy - and fresh and salt water at the same time! - can be visited in small boats led by a guide. They are made up of two “rooms” in the shape of a “B”: the first is the one that resembles a Mexican cenote, since it has a large oval opening in the ceiling; the second is vaulted and, although it is not so spectacular, it has a special intensity as it is submerged in darkness, full of algae, moss and stalactites.

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