The Ispinigoli Cave

By Guido Trombetta on 5:08 PM ,

©Carlo Borlenghi

As you may have understood following the blog in the last few weeks I've been VERY busy taking regatta pictures. Many of the events were in Sardinia, so when I've had finally a free day between one regatta and another I've taken the chance to go with Carlo Borlenghi to visit some of the many wonders of this wonderful island. Sardinia infact is mostly known for his wonderful beaches but I'm sure that you'll be amazed discovering how many incredible things are hidden in its inland. In this one day trip I've managed to see a lot of wonderful things but there is one that I can show you here due to its relation with water (the common thread of this blog): The Ispinigoli Cave ("Grotta di Ispinigoli" in italian)


©Carlo Borlenghi

The Grotta di Ispinigoli is a karstic cave in the Supramonte massif, near Dorgali, Sardinia, Italy.
One of the largest grottoes in the island, houses a large stalactite-stalagmite compound: that huge column you can easily spot in the pictures. It's the tallest in Europe and one of the tallest in the world, measuring 38 m in total. The grotto also include the so-called Abisso delle Vergini ("Abyss of the Virgins"), a 60 m-deep hole leading to a 12 km series of caves connecting Ispingoli to many other caves of this part of the island, creating a huge underground labirinth which is still partially unexplored. The name derives from the theory that human sacrifices were held here during the Phoenician rule in this area.


©Carlo Borlenghi

Entering the grotto is a really breath-taking experience due to the magnificence and the immensity of this underground "cathedral". I do think that this wonder deserves much more worldwide fame than what it actually has... enjoy the pics!


©Carlo Borlenghi

©Carlo Borlenghi

©Carlo Borlenghi

©Carlo Borlenghi

©Carlo Borlenghi

©Carlo Borlenghi

©Carlo Borlenghi

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2 Response to 'The Ispinigoli Cave'

  1. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/ispinigoli-cave.html?showComment=1277935629312#c935336177162488351'> July 1, 2010 at 12:07 AM

    Spectacular !!

     

  2. Nadia Khan
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/ispinigoli-cave.html?showComment=1371663625858#c3009177773352056783'> June 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM


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