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During our 10-days holiday on Corfu in August 2008 we successfully found all twelve caches on this island. In addition our wayfaring led us in fabulous places where no cache is placed. On three of them we decided to create Earthcaches: Pantokrator, Pantokrator II and Bella Vista to Paleokastritsa. We also highly recommend to visit by boat Lake Butrint and Vivari Channel which is not so far.
Enjoy this spectacular countryside!
Mount Pantokrator is a mountain located in north-eastern Corfu. At 906m (2,972ft) it is the highest mountain on the island. Corfu is one of the islands that are contained to the Ionian zone.
The Ionian zone exhibits three distinct stratigraphic sequences, representing a pre-rift, a syn-rift, and a post-rift stage of evolution of the Ionian realm, from a neritic platform environment to a pelagic basin. Corfu is located near the Kefalonia geological fault formation and as such earthquakes sometimes are felt. The whole island, composed as it is of various limestones formations, presents great diversity of surface, and the views from the more elevated spots are magnificent.
At the summit the whole of Corfu can be seen, as well as Albania which lies a short distance from the island. On particularly clear days it is also possible to see Italy despite it being around 130km (80 miles) away. To reach the peak there is a narrow road with a number of hairpin bends, at the top there is a café for tourists, a telecommunications station, whose largest tower stands directly over a well, and a monastery. The first monastery on the site was Angevin, built in 1347 but then destroyed sometime around 1537. The current church on the site dates from around 1689, and the current facade was built during the 19th century. It is dedicated to the transfiguration of Christ.
How to get the earthcache coordinates
Earthcache “Pantokrator” is reachable using car and road from Petalia. Drive carefully!
Approving the finding
To approve the finding of this Earthcache you need to:
1) Using profile e-mail me in which rift stage Pantokrator limestones were formed.
2) At the earthcache coordinates you can see lots of stones. Using profile e-mail me from which matter these stones are composed. Please select one of the following possibilities: granite, gneiss, lime, grit or anthracite.
3) Using profile e-mail me how many footsteps is in the rear stairs in the outside part of the monastery. You will have to go round the monastery and see it from the north. The number of footsteps is even.
4) Upload in the log photo from the Pantokrator coordinates with you, the telecommunication station and the monastery (see spoiler). Please do not put the rear monastery stairs in any photo that you uploaded.
Please feel free to log your finding and to send your answers for approving questions at the same time. If your answer will be incorrect we will contact you for its correction.
1) hfr vagrearg
2) ybbx ebhaq ng gur pnpur pbbeqvangrf naq hfr lbhe oenva
3) ybbx ebhaq sbe gur fgnvef arne gur zbanfgrel
4) frr fcbvyre
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum