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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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  • 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. 
  • 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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  • 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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