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Ascent to Pythagorean Cave

The most famous cave in Samos

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Ascent to Pythagorean Cave
Inserted: 27.04.2022
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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At the eastern foot of the highest mountain in Samos – Kerkris you will find a surprisingly large cave in the rock wall. Its interest is all the greater because it is said that the famous mathematician Pythagoras of Sam also lived in it. There is also a small parking lot under the cave, but you have to climb a few dozen stairs yourself.

View of the rock massif

How to get under Pythagorean Cave. At first glance, it seems the best and shortest route from the western end of Votsalakia. It's only 3.5 kilometers, but one stretch is very bad – gravel full of larger rocks and large potholes that a smaller rental car will have to do to make it pass. Especially in the places of two serpentines. From the church of Agia Irini, it is again a road with a paved surface. Of course, the road is still very narrow in several places. If you are not here in the greatest heat, ideal for hiking. According to the map, there is a more challenging road from the mountain village of Maratokhampos, which is 5 kilometers long, but you are again driving on asphalt. Directly below the cave is a small tavern and parking. You will have to tilt your head nicely to see the whole way to the cave.

View of the rock massif
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Church of St. John the Theologian

Now we finally have to climb the stairs. If you are here in the summer around noon, expect a great heat. About halfway up the exit is a turnoff to a small church. An ideal place for a short rest.

Church of St. John the Theologian
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Way up

The exit path is in good condition, secured by a railing. The surrounding karst landscape is very nice.

Way up
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Final ascent to Pythagorean Cave
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Final ascent to Pythagorean Cave

At the end, wait with the steepest part, where less trained individuals are likely to stop for exhalation

Chapel and entrance to Pythagorean cave

Finally we climbed to the entrance to the cave. There is also a small Faneromeni chapel next door. It's a nice shady place.

Chapel and entrance to Pythagorean cave
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View of the parking lot under the cave

We can enjoy the views before we set out to explore the cave. Relatively deep below us is a starting point with a small parking lot and refreshments.

View of the parking lot under the cave
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Valley view

From the cave there is also a nice view of both roads that lead here – the better one over the mountains and the other descending through the valley to Votsalakie

Valley view
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The bell by the chapel
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The bell by the chapel

The place is pleasant and if you are here in time without other tourists, you can completely imagine Pythagoras pondering philosophy and mathematics here in peace.

At the beginning of Pythagorean Cave

Although the entrance from a distance does not seem so great, you will find that you will get to large areas

At the beginning of Pythagorean Cave
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Road to the depths of the cave

Depending on how you are equipped with the light, you can continue to the depths of the cave, which disappears in the dark. The cave is almost 100 meters long

Road to the depths of the cave
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