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Grotta di Santa Barbara - Miniera di San Giovanni

Localita Miniera S. Giovanni | Località Bindua Iglesias, 09016 Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy
+39 0781 274507
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Spooky!

We came to Sardinia for the rock climbing, and wandered into this grotta on an exploratory rest day... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2015
Isabelle B
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Newton, Massachusetts
Very impressive

I don't know what it is about holes in the ground but they are spookily inviting and this one is no... read more

Reviewed 15 October 2014
Ali H
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Santa Barbara’s cave is the most jaw-dropping landmark among Iglesias’ tourist attractions: a unique jewel, built by both the work of man and the action of nature. The story of its discovery is wonderful as well. It happened in 1952: during the excavations for the construction of an ascending gallery, in front of the eyes of the amazed workers who knocked down a rock wall, the fantastic sight of this impressive hollow appeared. This fascinating site is located in San Giovanni’s Mine and can be reached through an intricate network of underground galleries that can be covered with a train that, after a 700m (766 yd) run, leads to a lift that climbs up a well. Entering the cave through the narrow entrance on top of a spiral staircase, you can gaze upon a genuine, shiny, lofty underground cathedral. 
Rock formations carve fascinating and coloured low-reliefs, making the cave a fairytale place.
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20 May 2015
“Spooky!”
15 Oct 2014
“Very impressive”
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Localita Miniera S. Giovanni | Località Bindua Iglesias, 09016 Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

We came to Sardinia for the rock climbing, and wandered into this grotta on an exploratory rest day -- there was no one there and the lights weren't on, so we got spooked after wandering through the pitch black for a few minutes and ran...More

Thank Isabelle B
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Reviewed 15 October 2014

I don't know what it is about holes in the ground but they are spookily inviting and this one is no exeption. I've visited many such locations but this one has something really special about it. Once inside you're treated to an excellent and informative...More

Thank Ali H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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