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. 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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  • Nice touristic place in Pyatigorsk, audioguide all the time for free, view from outside is nice on the city and the region, a must-see!  more »
  • Although the place turned out to be pretty cool, the expectations were higher. Proval itself is just a small stinky pond. What is interesting is a tunnel leading to it and a statue of Ostap Bender at ...  more »
  • To be honest I expected so much more from this place!!! I walked for about an hour from the Cvetnik,centre of Pyatigorsk and really,at the end I felt totally disappointed with my "reward". Just a smal...  more »