Photographer's Note

Perama Cave of Ioannina.

Very close to the town of Ioannina, in Perama (4 km), is one of the rarest caves in the world, the Cave of Perama. It covers an area of 14.800 m, and is one of the largest terrestrial caves in Balkans. The length of the route is 1700 m., but the actual route for visitors is 1100 meters.
It belongs to the karst limestone caves and consists of many chambers and corridors, which are connected and are adorned with stalactites, stalagmites and columns. We meet nineteen kinds of stalactites and stalagmites, while the other caves have up to six kinds.

Perama Cave was discovered accidentally in 1940 during the Second World War, as the residents were trying to find a refuge from bombing.
After the war, Kasvikis Constantinos, a trainer and an amateur caver, went to Perama, along with his team, in order to photograph it and he published the photographs in local and Athenian newspapers.
From this event, John and Anna Petrochilos learned about this cave and visited Perama and began a systematic exploration and mapping of the cave, so to develop tourist industry. The tour in the cave is done in small groups of people with an escort guide.

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