Caves of Hercules

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( Caves of Hercules )

The Caves of Hercules is an archaeological cave complex located in Cape Spartel, Morocco. Situated 14 kilometres (9 mi) west of Tangier, the popular tourist attraction is adjacent to the summer palace of the King of Morocco.

The cave has two openings, one to sea and one to land. The sea opening is known as "The Map of Africa". It is believed that the Phoenicians created the sea opening which is in the shape of Africa when looked at from the sea. There are also some markings on the wall in the shape of eyes, that are said to be made by the Phoenicians, which make up a map of the local area.

The cave itself is part natural and part man-made. The man-made part was used by Berber people to cut stone wheels from the walls, to make millstones, thus expanding the cave considerably. It costs 60 Moroccan dirhams per adult to enter the cave and an optional additional amount for a guide.

6000 BC Neolithic habitation 1878 cave re-discovered 1920 cave open to the public 1952 declared a National Heritage site 1982 electric lights installed 1986 Brion Gysin's ashes are scattered here.[1] 1995 October 23, British rock group Def Leppard played a concert in the cave (along with concerts in London and Vancouver, Canada), thereby becoming the first rock group to play three concerts on three continents in one day. The achievement was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.[2] 2003 December 20, closed to the public after a rockfall caused by nearby construction work 2004 January, reopened after a brief examination 2015 September, reopened after 2 years of work commissioned by the king Mohammed VI of Morocco
^ "Felicity Mason/Anne Cumming – A Brief Biography and Interview – Jennie Skerl". European Beat Studies Network. 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2017-04-12. ^ "Tangier: Hercules Cave (Grottes d'Hercules)". Retrieved 2013-07-05. "AP Archive".
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