"Agia Sofia" Top 5 Page for this destination Caves Tip by AcornMan

Caves, Crete Island: 10 reviews and 16 photos


When driving in western Crete's Kisamos County, on the road heading to Elafonissi just after the village Topolia, you will go through a small tunnel. Exactly at the tunnel's exit, high up on your right, you will see the opening of a cave. This is the entrance to an interesting cave named for Agia Sofia.

From the street level you have to climb quite a few steps, then continue walking through a small path. As you get closer to the cave, you realize the opening is actually quite big, and little by little the roof of a quaint church begins to appear on the left. Actually, the church is situated inside the cave itself, which is why they both bear the same name.

Upon entering the cave, you suddenly realize that it is in fact quite huge (almost the size of a cathedral). According to official findings the cave of Agia Sofia is at an elevation of 285 meters, and includes a cupola 20 meters high and 70 meters in diameter with variform stalactites and stalagmites. Many ancient objects were discovered at this location, including shells from the Neolithic period.

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  • Written Jun 18, 2005
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