EuroSpeleo 2016 Sessions

“Exploration of the Caves of Holy Mt.Athos – Greece”

Session code: OE39

Oral / Exploration, Main EuroSpeleo Conference

Mr Peter Delchev


The Peninsula of Athos (Agion Oros) – Khalkidhiki Greece was systematically explored by the international project “The caves of Holy Mountain Athos”. In the period from 2011 - 2016 five consecutive expeditions have been carried.
After the last expedition in Athos the total number of the surveyed underground sites become 155 m with total length of about 2 km. The caves could be divided into three main categories - caves associated with the lives of Saints, cave chapels, caves-cells, usual and sea caves and artificial caves (water catchments and reservoirs).The exploration of the Athos caves is still going.


Caver till 1971 . Instructor of Speleology, Cave Rescuer . Member of Bulgarian Caving Sociery. Member of Bulgarian Geological Society; Former Secretary General of Balkan Speleological Union ; Vice Secretary General of FSE. Leader of exploration speleo projects and expeditions: Albania (1991-2012), Cuba , China (1990,2011,2013) Greece (1984, 2011,2012,2014, 2016), Vietnam , Iran etc. Current President of Balkan Speleological Union, Writer of popular, scientific and artistic publications on caving and speleology (8 books and more than 300 publications in Bulgaria and abroad.