Vela Spila, Vela Luka

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The Vela Spila cave (Croatian: Vela Spila, "Big Cave") is situated above the town of Vela Luka on the island of Korčula, in Croatia on Pinski Rat hill at an elevation of approximately 130 m (430 ft). The cave consists of an elliptically shaped cavern that measures 40 m (130 ft) in length, 17 m (56 ft) in height, and is approximately 40 m (130 ft) wide. There are, similar to the Brillenhöhle in Germany, two openings in the roof of the cave which were caused by collapse at an as yet undetermined time.

Nikola Ostoic was the first person to describe the cave in modern literature. In 1856, he wrote "Compendio Storico Dell Isola Di Curzola". A local historian, museum commissioner, and collector of antiquities, he visited the cave in 1835. The cave has been mentioned in the Korčula Statute back in the 15th century.
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  • A must-visit location with printouts and display of the long term development - one can almost feel the centuries passing by. 
    A must-visit location with printouts and display of the long term development - one can almost feel the centuries passing by.  more »
  • Not much to see, but worth the visit if you're into archaeology. Definitely go by car or other motor vehicle, it's quite uphill. 
    Not much to see, but worth the visit if you're into archaeology. Definitely go by car or other motor vehicle, it's quite uphill.  more »
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  • Comprehensive look into 17,000 yr old history that is still being excavated. Download the free audio tour. Enjoy the overlook of Vela Luka harbor and ponder the ancient past. Phenomenal!
  • The cave is a historical and archaeological landmark. Not a cave to necessarily “explore,” which is what we were hoping for. It takes 10-15 minutes to read the informative signs and look around. The view of Vela Luka from outside of the cave is stunning! We drove up from the city (5 mins). If hiking, the views may be worth the trek, but not necessarily the cave itself.

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