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Cave Anemotrypa
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The cave Anemotrypa or Pramanta is located at the Athamanika Mountains, southwest of the village of Pramanta on the provincial road that connects the villages of Tzoumerka  with Arta and Ioannina. The entrance of the cave is situated at an altitude of 880 meters.

 

History

The discovery of the cave dates back to the early 1960's. The occasion of the discovery was the detection from the villagers of a crack in the ground that brought cool air to the surface. The speleologist Petrocheilos Anna, who was in the area to explore another cave, undertook the exploration and study of the cave Anemotrypa after the invitation of the president of the Pramanta village.

 

Characteristics and Morphology of the cave

The cave was formed in carbonate rocks in 3 levels as a result of the dissolving action of groundwater. The dissolution process created an imposing elongated cave that occupies an area of ​​more than 1,500 square meters. The area of ​​the cave consists of ten chambers connected by corridors and tunnels. The whole area is decorated with stalactites of various shapes, stalagmites, columns, ponds, sinkholes, bridges, streams work of stone, stalls, steep incline, etc.

Within the cave live several insects, bats and other cave-dweller organizations. The air temperature is not exceeding 20° C in contrast to the temperature of the stagnant water which is clearly lower and it is stabilized at  10o C. The strong presence of water inside the cave during the winter months is discharged from adjacent springs.

 

Tourist route

The total length of the tourist route is 350 meters and it will take no more than 20 minutes to the visitor to complete it.

At the entrance of the cave, the visitor crosses a hallway of a few meters and  then enters the first chamber. This particular chamber is decorated with columns and drapes. The next chamber is the "Big Hall" with great geodiversity  while at a lower elevation level stands the "Chamber of White Pond".

Then, the visitor enters the "Corridor of Richness." This is a corridor that exceeds 50 meters in length and it is the most impressive and spectacular part of the cave. This part of the cave hosts  banded curtains, white stalactites and stalagmites. A unique stony chandelier is hanging on the ceiling.

The corridor ends at the "Chamber of Red Lake". Within this room, small basins composed of red rocks, accept water from the "Red Lake", which covers most of the space and form an impressive landscape. This is the last chamber of the cave. Then, the space narrows, becomes downhill and leads the visitor to the exit of the cave completing the sightseeing tour.

The cave is open to the public mainly during the morning hours. Organization management and exploitation of the cave is the local development company of the municipality.