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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  • 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 »
  • Korcula is a wonderful island to visit in Croatia, some say surpassing Places like San Tropez on the French Riviera There is not much in the cave. But standing there knowing that people lived there... 
    Korcula is a wonderful island to visit in Croatia, some say surpassing Places like San Tropez on the French Riviera There is not much in the cave. But standing there knowing that people lived there...  more »
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  • Interesting cave with an ongoing excavation. Beautiful views. Had to get the key from the tourist office because it was off-season, which added to the experience!
  • Not so long walk uphill, good even for kids. Nice view at bay and interesting exhibition inside regarding prehistoric people who lived there. If you stay in Marina in vela luka key to cave is in reception.

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