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NATURE – A UNIQUE ARCHITECT

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The power of water

Feel the spray of the cascading waterfalls, and the power of water in Vražji prolaz and Kamačnik canyons. Peek into the underground world of Lokvarka Cave, one of the largest caves in Croatia, filled with unusual cave formations. Vrelo Cave is 3.5 – 4 million years old. It measures only 300 metres in length, and is special for its water feature – at a depth of only about fifty metres you will find a beautiful mountain spring, lake and ponor, which make it especially fascinating. Bukovac Cave hides traces of prehistoric humans, cave bears and leopards, making it an excellent archaeological site.

Lokvarka Cave

The deepest cave in Croatia stretching over six storeys, of which the first 4 are open to the public. The length of the thus far discovered part of the cave is 1179 m, and the depth 275 m. The temperature inside the cave ranges from 6 to 8 degrees. Restored for tourism in 1912.

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Vrelo cave

It was discovered by accident in the 1950s. It is estimated to be 3.5 – 4 million years old. Although measuring only 300 m in length, it is remarkably beautiful and rich in cave decorations. It is special for its water feature – a beautiful mountain spring, lake and ponor, which make it especially fascinating. 

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Muževa Hišica

A small cave with a spacious 200 m long corridor leading deeper into the cave which ends in a small hall with a lake. The cave features some stalagmites and stalactites, and the water and air temperatures measure a steady 8 °C.

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Bukovac Cave

The history of this cave stretches far back into the past. The exploration of the cave uncovered a deer antler spike, as well as various remains of animals that used to roam this area, such as the cave bear and leopard. Traces of a hearth or a place used for lighting fire were also found, as well as burnt animal bones. All this suggests that the cave was frequented since as early as the later period of the Old Stone Age (Paleolithic).

Interesting fact
Radiocarbon dating put the layers containing the deer spike at 30 – 31 000 years before the present day, therefore confirming human presence in these parts in early Upper Paleolithic.

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Hajdova hiša

The largest cave in Gorski Kotar, that is not easily accessible and therefore open only to speleologists. The spacious entrance to the cave is located opposite the Slovenian Kuželjska stena, in the steep cliffs of the peak of Belica. The entrance hall is 85 metres long, 27 metres wide and 16 metres tall and is one of the largest underground spaces discovered in our karst region. The network of channels and fissures, which have not yet been sufficiently researched, is about 900 metres long.

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