Proval Lake, Pyatigorsk

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Admire the iridescent blue water of Proval Lake, one of Pyatigorsk's most-celebrated natural wonders. The lake sits at the bottom of a 40 m (130 ft) deep karst sinkhole, and it's the source of many local legends. Ever since the 19th century, it's been a popular tourist spot. Back then, the visitors who wanted to swim in its therapeutic mineral waters were lowered from the top in wooden baskets. Today, swimming is prohibited for safety reasons, but a tunnel has been dug through the rock, allowing you to get close to the lake and see the icon of Saint Pantaleon the Healer on one of the walls. At the entrance of the tunnel, you can see statues of two lion guardians and another of Oscar Bender, the famed fictional Russian literary and movie conman. Taking pictures with them reportedly brings good luck. Make Proval Lake part of your personalized Pyatigorsk itinerary using our Pyatigorsk trip builder tool .
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  • In our view, this is one of those places in Pyatigorsk, which is still worth a look. Aroma is not straining. At the exit you can plunge into the water arising therefrom, unless, of course, wait for their turn. But wash your hands exactly happens.
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  • A very interesting place, there is a café with this title very snug and.. People in the failure comes from morning till night.
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  • Cave with stinky water. No problem. interesting. Look no HA that. I do not advise. There are more interesting places.
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