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Ledenika Cave, Vratsa

#16 of 33 in Nature in Bulgaria
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Ledenika is a cave in the Northwestern parts of the Balkan Mountains, 16 km away from the Bulgarian city of Vratsa. Its entrance is approximately 830 m above sea level. The cave features an abundance of galleries and impressive karst formations including stalactites and stalagmites. It was first discovered around the beginning of the 20th century and has been open to tourists since 1961. Ledenika Peak on Graham Land in Antarctica is named after the cave, in recognition of its cultural importance.DescriptionThe cave is about 300 m long and contains ten separate halls. Visitors enter through the Antechamber, then pass through several smaller passages into the Concert Hall. Visitors then pass through several more smaller passages, eventually emerging in the White Hall.The largest gallery is known as the Great Temple, with a ceiling of 15 m (50 ft). The Concert Hall is smaller, but has an enormous variation of stalactites and stalagmites. During the winter, icicles may form on the ceiling. The abundance of icicles in winter is thought to have led to the cave's name, which in English translates to icy or glacial.GeologyThe limestone formations in the cave have been dated back to the Pliocene era.TourismThe Bulgarian Tourist Union has included Ledenika in their 100 Tourist Sites of Bulgaria, a promotional effort aimed at highlighting the nation's best tourist spots. The cave has been one of the country's most noted caves since it was opened to tourists. In the late 1980s, there were a record 100,000 visitors annually.
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  • Good to visit one time. If you visited other caves in the past you will not be full impressed by this cave. Nice projection inside the cave  more »
  • The whole cave has exquisitely sculpted stones, stalagmites, stalactites and stalagmites without human intervention.  more »
  • Despite the announced opening, the cave was closed... In any case the Trek on foot to get there is very pretty! From the intersection between the road leading to Ivan Koniv and the leading to Ledenika, take the road to Ledenika on a few meters before you take a path on the right just after the edge of the forest (not shown). The path is not well marked, it must rely on its sense of direction (I helped the geolocaliqation on google maps) and open your eyes to follow a few signs. About 2:30 walk
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