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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  • Walked from Vela Luka town to the cave, steep but fairly easy climb, well sign posted. The cave is small but very interesting with information boards.  more »
  • It is interesting to visit the cave and read all the information about it. There are also a nice view to Vela luka if you walk on the upper trail.  more »
  • Nice cave. The history is very interesting but you don't see much of it when visiting the place. The walking path to the cave from the city is beautiful with great view of the city and the bay. Paved concrete path with a some stairs, easy to walk even though it's going uphill.
  • For me it was a very special experience. The history of such an old cave is hard to grasp and it was very beautiful, had a special, almost eerie vibe to it. Maybe because of how the light came through it or the fact that it is so very old and have such a long history. The dude who sold us the tickets really made our day. Such a kind and inretesting guy. 🙌
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