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The Magura Cave, Rabisha
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The Magura Cave is located in north-western Bulgaria close to the village of Rabisha, 25 kilometres from the town of Belogradchik in Vidin Province.Thanks to its prehistoric paintings, Magura is, with Grotta dei Cervi , the most important and extended European post-Palaeolithic painted cave.Guided visits are conducted by the staff of Belogradchik municipality, to which the management of the cave was transferred in 2012 by the Bulgarian Council of Ministers.In 1984 the site was placed on the Tentative List for consideration as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.DescriptionThe total length of the 15-million-year-old cave is 2.5km. The average annual temperature of the cave is 12 degree °C, except for one room where the temperature is always 15 °C. The air humidity reaches 80% and the displacement - 56 meters. The Magura cave was formed in the limestone Rabisha Hill (461 meters above sea level). The morphology of the cave includes one main gallery with six various-sized halls and three lateral galleries around it. The cave is very wide – concerts are held inside for Christmas and Easter – and does not cause any feeling of claustrophobia nor, on the contrary, of vertigo. The main gallery is composed of six chambers, variously sized; the largest one, the so-called Arc Hall, is 128 m long, 58 large and 21 m high; along the way, you can admire impressive vaults, stalactites and stalagmites, named as The Poplar, The Pipe Organ, The Oriental City and The Cactus.The inner temperature is constantly 11-12 °C. During the summers of 1974 and 1975 the cave was successfully used for speleotherapy and asthma treatment by Dr Vassil Dimitrov. Thirty patients slept in the cave for twelve consecutive nights, taking advantage of allergens absence, constant humidity and temperature.
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  • Big and Beautiful cave! The tour was very informative. Inside the cave we saw bats and paintings. Look out though because it was very slippery inside. My friend fell and hurt her behind. I still recom...  more »
  • The Magura cave offers stunning stalagmites and stalactites. It is worth booking a viewing of the prehistoric paintings - around 11,000 - 8,000 years old, which requires a separate ticket. It is only ...  more »
  • It's a huge prehistoric cave, 15 million years old. You have go in with guide . Tour is about 1-2 hours in very cold cave. Make sure you take warm clothes and some light, become in some places is real...  more »