Proval Lake, Pyatigorsk

(4.2/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
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. With our international travel planner, Pyatigorsk attractions like Proval Lake can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Amazing place, created by nature. We have been here in the evening around 21.00 everything works, only the backlight inside passage no, so turn the flashlight on the phone and forward. Smell grey strong hydrogen, so enjoy) opposite the exit there is a great review with a price tag of 50 USD for a few minutes.
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  • Definitely recommend visiting Proval'! Beautiful Lake, historic site, monument to Ostap Bender.
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  • No wonder Ostap Bender money collected for restoration failure, though they went to him in the Pocket. I don't know what the service responsible for this object attractions Pyatigorsk-but apparently appropriated money too fail to reach the landmarks! Lord Peel the surface of a Lake of dirt! And so in General of course beautiful photo turn out!
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