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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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  • It was pretty scary) we ran alone in the cave. It was creepy. Said, in the middle of the guide will be waiting. until we got to the Middle, I almost turned gray. But I must admit-our courage was rewarded! Guide chic! I thank him very much. We saw petroglyphs, which on 10th. years! It is amazing how it survived intact! The worst thing for me was to enter a small room with bats, for me it was overcoming their fears. The room was exactly the one where sat the Oracle, who predicted the fate of Alexander the great.
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  • Huge cave (length of about 2 km) in Northern Bulgaria, near the border with Romania is really impressive. Here you will find pictures, which about 11000 years, stalactites, which order 15 million years, the various faults and education most bizarre forms, each of which local guides have given names. In the cave several halls. One of them, for example, hosted guests Oracle. Be sure to take the tour-without it you will not enter the halls with pictures and don't learn much interesting! In one of the halls in summer concerts (acoustics chic) and pass through the caves end-to-end and ends at the site with gorgeous lake view. Near the cave there is a small hotel with a restaurant, where the food including national dishes. Entrance and guided tour.
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  • Magura cave is famous for its cave paintings, which are already 10 thousand years. Pictures very much and they didn't lose their crispness. They well recognized figures of people, animals and plants. But even without these drawings would visit deserved cave, thanks to a very beautiful rock formations. Entrance-6 leva, plus the same amount you want to pay for the opportunity to see prehistoric paintings. From the exit to parking train runs on wheels for 2 leva, however, on the day of our visit, he did not work and had to walk a couple of kilometers. But it did not reduce the excitement of visiting the caves.
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