Lakes Caves

The magic of myth and space...

We didn't inherit the caves from our parents, we borrowed them from our children...

Caves are a magical and mysterious place, and not just for children or poets. "In the cave within, the mysteries divine" writes Palamas.

Born of time and stone, as water erodes it, caves give birth in turn to other myths, drawn from the bowels of the Earth and its own history. And these myths, which grow stronger in the darkness and gigantic within us, live on in the form of gods and heroes, dressing themselves in faces and masks, taking on dresses from fairies, traits from Hermes and Dionysus, from Pan and Nymphs, the almost permanent "inhabitants" of the caves and weave an elaborate web, where history and myth intertwine, while Geology and the other sciences claim their own rights, under the same roof called Speleology.

The cave is first and foremost a geological phenomenon.

That is why Geology, among other things, investigates how caves are formed, how stalagmites grow from the ground and stalactites from the roof, how they become columns when they meet at height or parapets and colonnades when they are found side by side. And even how gur, or lakes, are formed when their walls do not allow the water in the ground to flow unimpeded, as in the unique case of the Cave of Lakes.

At the same time, we know that caves are not only natural monuments, but a shell that protects over the centuries and preserves to this day, relics of animals (Paleontology), humans (Paleoanthropology), memories and things alien, forgotten, what we generally call today cultural remains (Archaeology).

We must learn to listen to the secrets of the protect the caves...

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