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It is a few metres over sea level on the Eastern side of the cliff of the church of Panaghia. The cave is not accessible and it is protected by the Ministry of Culture. Inside the cave stalactites and stalagmites are found, as well as remains from antiquity: pottery fragments, oil lamps, etc. The most important findings though are the names written on the walls, dating back to the 4th century BC; hundreds are recorded, mostly male names, also mentioning the birth-place of the signatories. It is supposed that adulthood ceremonies took place in the cave.
Later on, during the Turkish occupation, it served as refuge for locals protecting them from pirates as it was very difficult to approach and disposed of a cistern that collected rain-water. According to tradition, once that people were hiding in the cave, the pirates, promising to spare her life, were informed by an old lady about the hideout and put a fire at the entrance causing everybody to suffocate. The old lady didn’t get a better ending though; eventually she was thrown off the cliff.