Looking for a reason to visit Antiparos Cave? In this article we will give you more than one! You probably didn’t know that but Antiparos Cave is one of the most impressive natural sights in Greece. It might be located in Antiparos however we can arrange a visit for you there.
In order to reach Antiparos Cave, we start from Pounda Port in Paros. You should not confuse it with Pounda beach. We are talking about the small port opposite to Antiparos town. From here, the trip to Antiparos Cave takes just few minutes as the distance is only about 9 kilometers.
We would like you to know that we can also arrange a privet tour in Antiparos Cave. This is a service of our Paros Luxury Services.
The entrance to Antiparos Cave is situated 171 above sea level. Its depth reaches 85 meters and its area covers 5600 sq.m. Additionally, it is connected with the history not only of Paros and Antiparos but also of Greece. The cave is even mentioned by the Parian poet Archilochus (680 B.C. – 645 B.C.). There are also findings from older eras of human bones. Today, you will see them in the Archaeological Museum of Paros.
Your exploration in Antiparos Cave will amaze you even before you enter inside. That is because of the fact that at the entrance there are two small connecting chapels; Saint John and Zoodochos Pigi. Although you will see just one structure, one of the chapels was built 350 years ago. This is the first indication of how important the cave was throughout the history.
“Prothalamos” is the entrance, however inside now, of the cave. It consists of 3 levels. The first level consists of a space for people where you can sit and relax. The second level however features large and impressive stalagmite. It is called “Kendriki Kolona” and it is the oldest in Europe. The third level consists of a passage and door, which leads to the main cave.
The main Antiparos Cave consist of 3 halls; the first one, the second one and the third.
The first hall is called “chamber of the stone waterfalls” in English translation. It took this name due to stalactites and stalagmites which look like waterfalls.
The second hall is known as “chamber of Cathedral”. Its name was inspired due to Christmas Mass performed by Marquis de Douanel in 1673. This hall features stalactites and stalagmites and it is probably the most impressive.
The third hall, known as “royal hall” took its name from King Otto and Queen Amalia. They both visited Antiparos Cave and engraved their inscriptions in this hall. Therefore, it has a historical significance.
It is useful to know that seeing this breath-taking nature’s work of art up-close, cannot be compared with looking at its pictures.