Proval Lake, Pyatigorsk
(4.2/5 based on 420+ 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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  • When choosing the best time to visit, consider the visibility-there is a magnificent lookout opposite the entrance! Closed on Monday!
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  • Any visitor to Pyatigorsk should visit the "failure". The atmosphere is impressive especially in the evening. When starting to play quiet classical music, himself a grotto is highlighted. With the heel about perfect consider Pyatigorsk. If you're on a failure somewhere in July, be sure to take your swimsuit. Start free hydrosulphuric baths. A great place to walk with children.
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  • One of the oldest places in Pyatigorsk. If you stop in front of the entrance and look at the square in front of the failure, you can imagine, as here was going to know the city, playing the Orchestra and dancing couples. Really liked the tunnel carved into the Rock Lake and illumination over the entire length. Lake disappointment, as some looked dirty and desolate. No blue water we saw, maybe just a little. Clear stands a powerful odor of hydrogen sulfide, because the Lake is full of them. Well, the overall impression is still good.
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