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Paradise Cave, Checiny

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Paradise Cave is a horizontal limestone cave in Poland located in the hill Malik, to the south of Kielce, Świętokrzyskie Voivodship.It is part of the Image:Szlak czerwony.svg "Red tourist trail Chęciny - Kielce" in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains .DescriptionThe cave has a length of 240 m and vertical range of 9.5 m; however, only 180 m and 2 entrances is open to visitors. Despite its small size, it is regarded as one of Poland's most beautiful caves. Its corridors lead through five chambers ornamented with stalactites, stalagmites and columns of rock created over thousands of years. A maximum of fifteen people are admitted every fifteen minutes to the cave under a guide's protection. This is to maintain an internal temperature of eight to ten degrees Celsius to preserve the cave's historical value. The cave's humidity is above 95 percent. Before the entrance there is an exhibition of archeological and paleontological findings from the cave that include prehistoric tools (the cave was inhabited by Neanderthals) and animal bones. It is illuminated by an optical fiber.HistoryThe cave was discovered in 1963 by Józef Kopeć and Feliks Wawrzeńczak, students of a local technical school. It was opened to the public in 1972. The five chambers of the cave were formed during the Devonian era, approximately 350 million years ago. Inside, there are traces of occupancy by Neanderthal men dating back 50 to 60 thousand years. There were signs of cave bears, woolly rhinoceros, and mammoths having previously inhabited the cave as well.
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  • The best cave system open for tourists in Poland. Great for a day trip for all age groups. A truly unique experience.  more »
  • The best part about this interesting cave is the balanced tour. Even though this is a tourist attraction there is some historical and geological information during the tour, and some simple but effect...  more »
  • Beautiful cave, one of the most famous in Poland. Interesting karst forms in bunch of different shapes. Quite cold with temperature inside not exceeding 10 degrees Celsius, so take proper cloths. I wo...  more »

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