The largest Amethyst geode ever found* arrived in June.
Come and visit and experience its powerful energy in person!
After a mammoth journey and a HUGE two days, the Enchanted Cave from Uruguay has finally arrived!
It took 7 hours and several teams of experts to "birth" it from its shipping container at the port in Brisbane, who said it was their biggest challenge in 50 years!
It was then we discovered that the Uruguayans had under-estimated its weight by 5,000 kgs!
So this beauty actually weighs in at over 20,000kg (20 tonne!)
Our huge thanks to the awesome guys from Universal Cranes - Matty, Marcus and Patchy - who got this enormous baby safely off the truck and into position, and also to the fabulous Brad and Daniel from Cargo Network International, our trusted import partner for 25 years, and to Interport depot's Mick & Kath and their amazing team for the epic 7 hours of unloading! You guys rock!
Scroll down for more photos of its journey and informatio about its history...
Starting its journey from Brisbane
First glimpse - almost here!
It's in the gate!
Collective breath-holding while 20 tonnes of crystal dangles in the air!
The journey's end.
Very happy father and daughter!
Now for the history...
Every geode is a mystery until it’s opened, and then it’s a wonder!
120 million years ago, in northern Uruguay, South America, a giant bubble formed inside a molten lava flow.
Through intense pressure, heat and the presence of iron, millions of tiny amethyst crystals began to grow.
When a farmer discovered this massive geode, Crystal Castle founder Naren and his daughter Manya flew to the site to check it out.
“We found this geode so awe inspiring, we knew we had to bring it home. This magical creation of Nature is our gift to the Crystal Castle in her 30th year.
We hope you enjoy seeing what we believe to be the largest amethyst cave ever discovered in the world!”.
Soon we will be offering “add-on” meditation experiences where you will be able to actually enter and sit in this cave. In the meantime, please, no climbing in! It is not ready and can damage the fragile crystals within.
So stay tuned by signing up to our Enews at the Welcome Hut.
The Enchanted cave is approximately 5.5 metres wide and weighs over 20,000 kilograms, that’s 20 tonne!!!
The Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens – creating magic and wonder since 1986.
*pending verification by our application to Guinness World Records
Unloading the Enchanted Cave at the port in Brisbane on 22nd June 2016...
A 7 hour labour, during which we discovered the Enchanted Cave did not weigh 15,000 kg, as we had been told, but instead a whopping 20,000kg!
Working out a plan...
The Enchanted Cave emerging...
Sono's first peek!