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Cape Maleas: Agios Georgios monastery

A cache by Spyros P. Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 09/08/2012
Difficulty:
2 out of 5
Terrain:
3 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

Welcome to yet another cache, hidden in the Southeast edge of continental europe!

The cache is a plastic tupperware hidden behind the Saint George chapel, on Cape Maleas.

Finding the cache requires you to walk for an hour after driving for about 40 minutes from Neapoli, Laconia.

The monastery:

This monastery complex, dating from the 13th-14th century, actually consists of three structures. One of them, a little higher than the others, is dedicated to the Forty Holy Martyrs, but is now in ruins. To the north of it is another church that was the monastery’s basilica. On the north side of the altar wall is a door leading into a chapel. The icons on the walls are dark and the eyes of the saints have been effaced, most probably by pirates. Aghios Georgios of Cape Maleas lived here for several years as a hermit.

Άγιος Γεώργιος εν Μαλεώ - St. George in cape Maleas How to reach:

From Aghios Nikolaos village, take the road south to Aghia Marina and the petrified forest. Continue for a few more kilometres towards the cape on a fairly rough unsurfaced road until the beginning of the D12 hiking route. (parking coordinates)
It takes at least an hour to reach the monasteries along a narrow path a few metres above the sea. The path is vertiginous in places, but the views over the sea to Kythera, Antikythera and Elafonisos are breathtaking. On a clear day the mountains of western Crete can be seen to the southeast.

It is possible to reach a small landing stage below the monasteries by boat, but only in calm weather.

About the Cape Maleas cache series

The series of caches around Cape Maleas are intended to get geocachers to visit some of the highlights of this ancient land. Most of them are not easy to reach but the experience is very rewarding. Please keep in mind that these areas are not touristical and most of the caches don't have any kind of water or facilities nearby. Also please be very careful not to leave any trash or otherwise alter the scenery (do not remove fossils or other items). If you need any further information or assistance, please contact me anytime and I'll be happy to help. So, welcome to the southeast edge of continental europe and enjoy your walks in this well hidden paradise.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Uvqqra va n pnivgl bs gur ebpx oruvaq (abegu fvqr) gur puncry, haqre fbzr ebpxf.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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