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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, 25km from the town of Belogradchik in Vidin Province.The prehistoric wall paintings of Magura have great resemblance with those of the Grotta dei Cervi in Italy, which are of exceptional expression and artistic depth and are considered the most significant works of art of the European Post-Paleolithic era.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 induced into UNESCO's tentative list of World Heritage.DescriptionThe total length of the 15 million year old cave is 2.5km. The average annual temperature of the cave is 12C, except for one room where the temperature is always 15C. The air humidity reaches 80% and the displacement - 56m. The Magura cave was formed in the limestone Rabisha Hill (461m above sea level). The morphology of the cave consists of one main gallery with six various-sized halls and three lateral galleries around it. The main gallery is composed of six chambers, variously sized; the largest one, the so-called Arc Hall, is 128m long, 58m wide and 21m high, including impressive natural vaults, speleothems, spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, named The Poplar, The Pipe Organ, The Oriental City and The Cactus. The very spacious site also allows for music concerts to be held during Christmas and Easter.
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  • Without a doubt, if you're Belogradchik, I recommend visiting the cave, since it is only 30 km away. When we went there was no guided tour, so we didn't see the paintings, but we were able to visit the cave alone in our way. The route is 1 km and is impressive. There are slippery areas. It is the cave I have visited that he has most impressed me. The output is 2 km from the car park.
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  • The cave is spectacular - long and full of amazing natural wonders. It has one of the oldest cave paintings in Europe (not exposed all the time) and a great winery with sparkling wine.  more »
  • Fascinating cave, wide and with a rather nice and smooth. Beautiful and historical interest, just wish the guide only spoke Bulgarian and to see the prehistoric wanted an extra paid to him personally, and I thought it was a clear attempt to scam, in fact I gave up. Too bad, but for the cost of 5 Leva, more or less 2.50 Euros however is a beautiful Grotto to see. I hope you have better luck than me with guides, perhaps in summer we organize better.
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  • Sooo big. 4 km and u go by your own with an small plane. Bring a torch if u wanna explore hidden places (access to ceremony hall and onwards was totally dark when i went). Take a picture of a bigger map (the one they give u has tiny fonts). The price around 8 levas i think.
  • The cave is amazing. Outstanding debt. With numerous signs of primitive life. Mandatory visit the section with prehistoric drawings. Must see.
  • Amazing cave, but if you don't speak fluent Bulgarian/Russian don't take the guided tour
  • We arrived a little late from very far: Budapest actually. All the crew was there sitting and talking in front of the cave but they didnt let us in! I had been expecting to see thos cave so much! They close at 4 pm (!!!!!!!!!!!!) In summertime! It is chanceless to get there if yoz come from far.
  • Nature wonder