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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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  • We took a guide to see the paintings. He didn't speak a perfect English, but really tried to give us as much information as possible. The cave is impressive, I don't remember visiting one that big. Th...  more »
  • I really loved the drawings. The cave is huge, tall, there is a wine cellar inside and shop on the exit. I was very impressed by the ancient calendar, the mother - chief, the graves and the remnants o...  more »
  • Amazing place with ancient paintings on the wall. We satyed 2 hours and a half enjoying every second. Visiting price is 10 leva per person, there is no guide you can stay inside as long as you like. T...  more »
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  • The Magura Cave is one of the most wonderful caves in Bulgaria. The cave is really long - about 2,5 km. The drawings on the walls are amazing. They have been estimated to be made between 10.000 and 8.000 years ago!! Definitely worth visiting!
  • 1. Beware !! I visited the cave last friday (June 23th) and I fell pretty bad, the ground is slippery and the cave is way too dark. I slipped even if I hold the bar and I wasn't the only one. I broke my thumb and need surgery!!! The "guide" didn't even seek for help or emergency kit as I fell unconscious. Thanks to the other tourists that helped me getting out of the cave and took me to the hospital. 2. The entrance is 10 leva (a bit too much for Bulgaria) and no "English language" guide or catalogues. 3. Still the cave is wonderful and unique.
  • 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.
  • 12000-15000 years pictures on the wall of the cave. Must see this.
  • Great cave, no tour guide required