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Melissani’s leafy cave is 2 km north-west of Sami in Kefalonia. The natural entrance of the cave is vertical in size 40 x 50 m and was created by the fall of a part of the roof. Artificial entry with stairs and a long underground passage allows for a visit to the cave. The lake is 20 m below the surface of the soil and its depth is from 10 m to 30 m. The stalactites with strange shapes adorn the larger part of the cave. The tour starts from the uncovered part of the cave where the light falls on the water and creates the most beautiful turquoise shades and continues in the part of the cave which is covered. In the center of the lake is a small island on which artifacts were found; confirming the ritual function of the cave. In antiquity, prehistoric people worshiped the god Pana and the presence of female figures, known as nymphs. That is why the Lake Cave of Melissani is also called Cave of the Nymphs.

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