Photo credit: Aggelou Zias
At first glance, the Melissani Cave in Greece may appear to be a computer-generated scene for an upcoming fantasy film, but it’s actually a real-life natural wonder located on the island of Kefalonia, northwest of Sami, about 5 km SE of Agia Efthymia, NE of Argostoli and NW of Poros. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.
The cave features a sky-blue lake covered with stones at the bottom. the depth is thin. Plants are at the door of the cave. The color of the rocks which are stucco to honey-like brown is at the door of the cave. The lake is also inside the cave. The cave was rediscovered in 1951 by Giannis Petrocheilos.
In 1953, during an earthquake, the cave’s roof fell in, creating wonderful light displays on the cave’s walls. Be sure to visit the cave between July and August, at the middle of the day, when the sun reflected in water is creating mind dazzling colors on the walls.
During the first exploration of the cave, an article has been found: an ancient lantern. Now it’s on display at the Archaeological Museum of Argostoli. Later on, other artifacts have been found, among them a clay figurine depicting the god Pan, a fragment showing the figure of a woman in relief who is believed to be the nymph Melissanthe and a disc showing Pan surrounded by dancing nymphs. All are now on display in the museum. Because of the Nymph figure, the caves also bear the name of Cave of the Nymphs.