Tinaztepe cave was discovered and its sketch was drawn by French scientist Michel Bakalowichz in 1968. Captain Cousteau mentioned about the cave in his book World of wonders. Tınaztepe Cave consists of two caves. The entrances of these caves are very close and run parallel to each other. These caves have no connections. It takes about 2 hours to visit both caves.
The total length of the longer cave is 22 km. Only 1580 meters of it can be visited. In Tınaztepe Caves, there is an iron pier road which started from the entrance to the end. That prevents the risk of getting lost or going to the wrong place. The height of the cave varies throughout the walk. The cave is not flat, there are steps going up and down inside. In the cave there are places where the altitude reaches up to 65 meters. The highest climb is 30 meters in the cave. Small Tınaztepe Cave has the same characteristics in terms of geology, with more simple formations compared to longer cave. The walkable part is around 1530 meters.
Caves have beautiful formations to fascinate all the visitors. Travertenes, stalactites and stalagmites were formed by the water leaking through the cracks on the ceiling and sides. There is a small lake at the end of the cave which was entirely formed by these leaks.
Tınaztepe Caves are located in Seydişehir which is connected to Konya province. It is at the north of the Gidengelmez peak of Taurus Mountain range; just by the main road between Konya and Alanya. It is very easy to reach because very close to the main road. It lies on the southwest slopes of Tinaztepe Mountain. It is situated in a place where transitional climate between the Mediterranean climate and the continental climate.
According to the researches Tınaztepe Cave has been in the process for a long time, like 230 million years. Tinaztepe Cave and its surroundings had a geological and geomorphological change. The area was formed during the time of Oligocene and Miocene alpine mountain formations. It was formed by the limestones formed in Eocene time, which constitute the uppermost layer of mountain formation. Tınaztepe Cave area as well as flysch includes ophiolitic rocks which consist of claystone, sandstone, marl and conglomerate alternation. The mountainous area where the cave is, combined with young and old unit
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