There is a legend that says there is treasure hidden inside the cave, hence the name I guess, and was allegedly put there by the Muslim Emperor, Tasufin Ibn Ali, during the 12th century. And from the 18th century onwards, there has been numerous expeditions to look for this supposed treasure! The last seeker of the treasure was a Manuel Laza Palacios who spent a good part of the twentieth century, until his death, searching by 'scientific means'! I guess he didn't find any either!
I was accompanied into the caves by one of my smallest girls, Valentine, she is a 19cm tall, resin ball jointed Person 21 from Secretdoll in South Korea. Unfortunately because we were with a group of other people and it was an accompanied tour, I didn't take any more doll photos inside the cave! (Yes, I'm a coward!) But here Valentine shows us the blue mosaic tiles and water fall at the entrance to the cave building.
When entering the cave you can either walk down a steep winding staircase or take the lift that takes you down 30 metres to the first 'room' of the cave, which is called the Virgin room, so named because it was discovered on the 12th of October 1951, the feast day of the virgin Pilar. In this particular 'room' were found items from two different times in history, neolithic ceramics and flints, and Muslim ceramics. In other parts of the cave were found Palaeolithic remains from the first Bronze Age as well as paintings. Unfortunately the areas containing the wall art are not open to the public at this time. :(
The walls glisten with crystals.
The rock below, and you have to use your imagination a bit here, is situated in what is known as the Noctiluca's Room. Besides the cave's archaeological value, there is also the mythical belief that this was the sanctuary of the Mediterranean Goddess Noctiluca 2,500 years ago. Apparently, the Phoenicians worshiped at the 'altar' of the Mediterranean lunar goddess. If you look at the rock below, you can see her profile, her forehead, nose, upper lip, mouth and chin, as well as her eye and ear.
You can't???? Ahh then I shall help you here!! The round hole you see towards the top left of the photo represents the full moon, the curved shape you see lower down, represents the crescent moon and was where ashes and bones of animals were found in the 20th century. Therefore it is thought that this was an 'altar' to the Luna Goddess and this was where the animals were offered up as sacrifices to her!
Although the photo below shows part of the ceiling, it reminds me of the hide of an elephant!
The white 'line' you see in the centre of the photo is actually being formed by fresh water seeping through the stone. The white, which is salt, is coming from the rock itself. Below are several small pools of water which sit on the far side of the 'altar' that I showed you in a previous photo above, they apparently were there to collect the blood of sacrificed animals. Now of course they only collect fresh rainwater.
Isn't it amazing what water erosion can do! These remind me of organ pipes!
Inside the caves many of the walls contain fossils of marine life. There were signs of shells and bones in the rocks below.
At the bottom of the cave, or that which is open to the public, are three naturally formed fresh water lakes. The water was really clean and clear. It is the biggest area open to visitors and there are also stalactites formed on the ceiling by the filtration of rainwater. My photos are not very clear because my camera struggled to focus properly in the dark and I couldn't see well enough to change the settings!
The following two photos show the Labyrinth Gallery where you can see some good rock formations eroded by the sea.
And there concludes my 'tour' of La Cueva Te Tesoro. I hope you've enjoyed the walk through the cave!
Thank you for joining us :)