Marble Cathedral

Chile Marble Cathedral
By javier (Marble cathedral inside) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
20130129_Chile_0554 Lake General Carrera Catedral de Mármol en Lago General Carrera By Nicolás Lara (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Chile · Marble Cathedral

There are plenty of cave networks in this world but the most stunning and beautiful network in the world can only be one and it is located in Southern Chile. Welcome to the Marble Cathedral – a natural wonder that could be the world’s most beautiful cave network. It is also known as the Cuevas de Marmol. The marble lakes are located along the banks of the General Carrera Lake. This lake is shared by both the countries of Chile and Argentina. On the Chilean side, the lake is referred to as the General Carrera Lake and on the Argentinian side it is called Lake Buenos Aires. The General Carrera Lake is about 200 km long with a maximum depth of 590m. The surface are of the lake is nearly a thousand kilometers and is located at an altitude of 350m. The lake has been slowly eroding the highly soluble surrounding blue marble rock the for more than 10000 years. The lake water is filled with minerals which give the water a rich, milky blue color.

The General Carrera Lake itself is a sight to behold from a distance but if a person gets closer, the sight becomes even more mesmerizing. Over the millennium of years, a number of caverns and passageways have been created. These caverns are just about big enough for a small boat to glide through. Though care should be taken while gliding a boat through the Marble Cathedral intricate caves. Even though the caverns are an amazing sight to view but it is not the reason why this place has been dubbed the most beautiful cave system in the world.

The walls of this network of water-filled marble caverns show just how magnificent the precious geography of our planet can be. Light bounces into the caverns and strikes the carved marble walls, creating an enchanting lightshow.