Proval Lake, Pyatigorsk

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#1 of 6 in Nature in Stavropol Krai
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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  • Compared with past their visits this monument of nature, there have been dramatic changes. Previously, this Lake was neuhozhennym and resembled an abandoned building. Now he defends both outside and inside. It became much more pleasant to visit this attraction of Pyatigorsk.
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  • Nothing interesting. Went for a tick that has been registered. Done 1 photo. I do not advise wasting time.
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  • Would love to see this famous place, but alas. Roistyj already seen Failure say that nothing special, not as beautiful as pictured and creepy smell. Have to go back to Pyatigorsk
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