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  • Gurfa Caves
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Lat: 37° 44' 54.98835" N - Long: 13° 45' 14.48822" E

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Evocatively opened in the red sandstone that makes up the south-west flank of a hill, the Gurfa caves are an ancient rock settlement made up of six rooms entirely obtained through the excavation of the rock.

It seems that these caves date back to the Bronze Age, around 2500-1600 BC.

The caves are divided in two floors connected both by a large room that has a hole at its top to light the cave.

Perhaps the entire architectural complex was erected to be used as a kind of temple, including also some cavities to support the wooden fittings inside.

Legend tells that the Cretan king Minos, who had come to Sicily to capture Daedalus, was killed by the Sicilian king Cocalo and was buried near the territory of Camico; This territory extended up to the current site of the Gurfa caves.

Long after, the Agrigento tyrant Terone destroyed the interior of this tomb and returned the mortal remains to Crete.

We could identify the tomb of Minos in the settlement of the Gurfa Caves.

In 1995 the caves were used as a set for some scenes of the movie "L'uomo delle stelle" by Giuseppe Tornatore.


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