Cordari Cave

Within the Paradise quarries, near the Ear of Dionysius, one can admire the Cordari (Ropemakers) Cave, which once again is supported by pillars of stone left by the quarrymen, with big squared blocks hanging from the ceiling like huge stalactites. In its walls were excavated Byzantine tombs from which derives the name of “Via dei Sepolcri” “Street of Tombs”, now partially viable. It is called the Ropemakers Cave because, in the seventeenth century, some craftsmen used the cave to produce hemp ropes of any kind, favored by the natural moisture of the place (the tradition has died out only a few decades ago). Very wide, with a succession of walls and spaces, from the rocky vault supported by tall pillars, this cave is certainly the most evocative found in the Latomia of Paradise. These effects are further enhanced when the floor is covered with rain water or ground water coming from the vault. Noteworthy are the signs of the extraction of stone, while on the walls and ceilings can be observed the signs of the progressive detachment of blocks removed. Attached to the East side of the Rope Makers Cave, lies the cave of “Salnitro” (Saltpeter), the entrance of which is partly covered by a giant stone fallen from the ceiling, on which are visible the signs of the detachment of the limestone blocks. Address: Via del Teatro Greco Timetables Archaological Park: Every day from h.9.00 to two hours before the sunset (winter h.15.00, summer h.18.00). Price: Only Archaological Park Ticket € 10,00 UE citizens* Under 25 € 5,00 UE students**, under 18 e over 60 y.o free entrance Groups and teachers free entrance Combined Ticket Archaological Park + Archaological Museum Paolo Orsi € 13,50 (reduced € 7) *only UE citizens and citizens of some other countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Canada, Chile, Argentina and few others. Passport needed ** only students from UE and from above listed non EU countries of archaeology literature, philosophy, arts, architecture. Student’s card and passport needed.

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