The Alistrati cave lies about 6 km southeast of Alistrati's town at a place called "Petroto". The expanse of the area is almost 14.000m2. The antechamber of the cave is 8 m height. It's from this point that start different high galleries folly decorated with stalactites and stalagmites. The main branches of the cave are developed to the left and to the right of the entrance starting from a huge chamber, the Teception Chamber of a width of 60 m, a length of 100 m and height of 20-30m. It's in this chamber that nature decided to demonstrate its power in creating ornaments. What fascinates the most is the huge stalactites and those pure white forming draperies. There are other chambers and their height is quite the same 8-10m. From the reception chamber and towards the left, emerges a second passage, quite parallel to the first. In this gallery there are even some red stalagmites which are called "The flames". The height of these formations reaches 35 m. Somewhere in this passages the two main passages join each other and continue with an always increasing width and height while from the ceiling one can see suspended huge and majestic stalactites of a height of 15 m.
Inside the cave there are countless floors which are still unknown. Very impressive is the big variety of stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave mostly because of the difference of their shapes and their age. The older stalactites are mainly in the galleries which are on the right side of the entrance. On the other hand the "infant" stalactites on the left side of entrance.
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mesutilgim (87316) 2013-09-01 12:55
Very nice capture of this caves in Petreto.
Perfect TE entry with many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2013-09-01 13:19
Αθανάσιε, εξαιρετική και πολύ ενημερωτική σημείωση, μοναδική εικόνα και υπέροχος τίτλος! μια αξιόλογη δουλειά όπως και η συλλογή σου άλλωστε..
ikeharel (60363) 2013-09-02 5:57
"Medusa" is a perfect title for what we see here in the cave.
Well managed the low light condition underground's, the various colors of the stalagmites are wonderfully shown in the confined space. A fine shot.
In Israel we have only one cave that visitors are allowed, and last time I was there in the 80th, and no photography is allowed there.
Noel_Byrne (26105) 2013-09-02 9:48
I have tried to capture in caves before, and I found it very hard, so well done on this beautifully clear and sharp presentation. A great subject too.
All the best
NorthernLight (2321) 2013-09-24 2:47
wow! This looks like an alien in a fantasy film. Congratulations for a great photo!
Have a nice day