The 3 most spectacular caves in Northern Cyprus
January 01, 1970 03:00

The cave of St. Fanourios. In ancient times, St. Fanourios’s boat reached the shore, where the village of Karaoglanoglu lies. From then on, the place became the monk’s convent, where he prayed and healed people. At the bottom of the church dedicated to St. Fanourios, you will find a cave of 4 sq. m. There are icon lamps and icons depicting St. Fanourios hanging on the walls. The cave is an active place of worship where people come to take blessings and pray for healing.

Galaktini Cave. The cave owes its name – “a milk-vessel” – to an ancient legend. In ancient times, people angered the God by their cruelty to animals. He deprived nursing mothers and cattle of milk and hid the shapes of nips and animal udders carved out of stone in the cave. The peasants found the cave by chance and decided to wash their cows’ udders with water from stalactites and the scourge was over. To get to the cave, you’ll have to walk along the rocky shores of Karpas, but it’s worth it. Behind the narrow entrance, there are 2 chambers full of stalactites and stalagmites of cosmic colours, shapes and sizes. Even the water in the cave is different: in some places, droplets falling from stalagmites are salty, while in others – sweet.

Incirli Cave. The gypsum labyrinth located in a small town of Gecitkale is about 200,000 years old. It is between 1-7 metres wide and about 311 metres long, but only 70 metres of it is accessible to visitors. Incirli Cave contains an amazing collection stalactites and stalagmites of various shapes and sizes. Clusters of gypsum formations, huge stalagmites, white matt walls will be of great interest for visitors. You can treat yourself to fig tree fruit after which the cave is named.

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