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Location DB > Belgium > Liège > Petit Lanaye > Grot Caestert
Grot Caestert
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created by IIVQ on 11/21/2005 8:19 AM
last modified by Off-Limits on 3/15/2010 8:30 PM
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Sandstone cave system with in total 175 km of hallway (total of 7 systems). Ancient inscriptions.
 Basic Information
Type: Tunnel
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Rue Collinet
Petit Lanaye, Liège
Owner: Unknown (really, they don't know)
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • Sudden collapse and dropping stones, getting lost
  •  Interesting Features
    Gorgeous cave systems together with inscriptions from 1300 - now.
     Security Measures
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • In the Dutch caves, environmentalists could call the police.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1200
    Closed: 1950
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • Secondary light, preferrably oil lamp.
  •  Recommended Equipment

    Little is known about the early history of the caves. They had an enourmous expansion when there was a blaze in downtown Liege, but after that it is vague.

    In the 1950's the perfect temperature (11 C) and humidity (90-95%0 made the caves popular with mushroom (not the hallucinating one) growers, but labour regulations deemed the caves too unsafe. The caves are prone to sudden collapse, but this could be either at the next rainfall or in 500 years.
     Media Coverage
    The Radboud University of Nijmegen investigated the drawings in this cave, and the drawings are from the early middle ages (14th century). See also
    (In dutch language).
     Future Plans
    Lock them up tighter, to prevent stupid people from hurting themselves, or destroying historical information. They are not very stable, so they're probably not ever going to be reopened to the public unless they make them structurally safe, which will be expensive and takes away the charm.

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     Photo Galleries
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    20051120 - Introduction trip
    Sun, Nov 20th, 2005
    posted by IIVQ
    27 pictures
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    Sat, Jan 21st, 2006
    posted by Cavewalker
    1 pictures
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    Solo trip
    Sat, Feb 25th, 2006
    posted by Cavewalker
    14 pictures
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    Cavewalker photo shoot
    Sun, Apr 23rd, 2006
    posted by Cavewalker
    14 pictures

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    Sat, Feb 25th, 2006
    posted by Cavewalker
     Web Links (only in dutch)

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 3/16/2010 8:51 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Mar 16 10 at 8:51, Steed validated this location
  • on Mar 15 10 at 20:30, Off-Limits changed the following: Media Coverage, Web Links
  • on Aug 9 07 at 19:18, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 2 07 at 20:00, Cavewalker changed the following: Media Coverage
  • on Jun 2 07 at 19:52, Cavewalker changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Jun 2 07 at 19:49, Cavewalker changed the following: Year Built, Interesting Features, Media Coverage
  • on May 15 06 at 19:18, Mutt validated this location
  • on Apr 23 06 at 20:37, Cavewalker updated gallery Cavewalker photo shoot
  • on Apr 23 06 at 20:34, Cavewalker updated gallery picture Exit
  • on Apr 23 06 at 20:33, Cavewalker updated gallery picture
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