Only 15 km away from Tripoli on the map and 1.5 km from Kapsia village. How many miracles can fit into a dot on the map?
We are at the Kapsia caves. Experts have placed it on the elite list of 10 most remarkable caves of the Greek territory. Located in the region of the enclosed geological basin of Mantinea’s plateau it is associated with the complex system of natural sinks that characterise the aquifer. Since the day it was discovered, people from all over, and come to witness the works of the earth and the early human shelter. For here, in these caves of endless beauty, human bones and everyday utensils made of clay were found. The history of the land and the history of man are magically intertwined.
The cave was first explored by the French archaeologist Gustav Fouzer in 1887 as part of the excavations in Mantinea. In 1911 the official announcement was made for this speleological cave and it is a milestone which marks the international interest in the Greek hidden land. In 1974 a new section of the cave is discovered, bringing thrills to naturalists and activists. The cave proves to be a geological log book. On it, traces of a certified great flood were left. And at the same time through the depths of the earth, lamps, tools, bone fragments come to light telling the story of survival.
One section of the Kapsia cave is called “the chamber of wonders” Bursting colours, red and yellow and blue create a unique work of art of incomparable beauty made by nature. Stalactites and stalagmites, waters that stay still in the serenity of the earth, colours and patterns and the soul of the planet create a reality that is beyond anyone’s imagination.