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Catherine's (Kateřina) Cave

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The entry to the Catherine´s (Kateřina´s) Cave can be…

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Opening hours

26.02.2018

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Kontakt a rezervace

Contact person: Roman Plíšek
678 01 Blansko
+420 516 413 161 katerinska@caves.cz
49°21' 39.5" N; 16°42' 33.4" E

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Routes and Entrance fee

40 min
7-8 °C
99 %
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Entrance fee

  • Adults

    100,- Kč

  • Reduction

    80,- Kč

  • Child

    60,- Kč

Description

The cave tour begins in a huge natural “gothic” portal, which is a significant paleontological and archaeological site. An old legend related to a shepherdess called Catherine (Kateřina) says that she entered the cave through this portal when she was looking for her lost sheep. But she lost her way in the underground and has never found her way back. A sixty-metres-long low corridor leads from here to the largest cave space open to the public in the Czech Republic – Hlavní dóm - Main Dome. The natural underground cathedral known since time immemorial is 97 m long, 30 to 44 m wide and 20 m high. It is known for its perfect acoustics and therefore is occasionally available for chamber music concerts. The acoustics of this dome are demonstrated to the public with a short but impressive example of reproduced music. Several corridors and chimneys deviate from Hlavní dóm. Among them is Medvědí komín - Bear Chimney, communicating with the surface through so far unexplored spaces. The mass discovery of whole bear skeletons in 1936 by Prof. Karel Absolon placed it among the most important paleontological sites in the Czech Republic. From Hlavní dóm the tour continues to the New Kateřina´s Cave discovered in 1909. Right at the beginning of the tour, one of the most beautiful sights of the Moravian Karst appears – dozens of thin high stalagmites and sinter columns are grouped in Bambusový lesík - Bamboo Forest. Unique natural monuments are completed with stalagmite formations called Bažant - Pheasant, Dvě sovy - Two Owls and Ovečky pasačky Kateřinky - Sheep of the Shepherd Catherine. To the right of the pavement you can see the remarkable stony cave-in Kalvárie - Calvary with several dominant stalagmites. Around Minaret - Minaret and Malý bambusový lesík - Small Bamboo Forest the pavement leads to another big space – Dóm zkázy - Destruction Dome. The larger number of boulders on its bottom shows evidence of mighty breakdowns in ancient times, maybe even due to an earthquake. Most of the stalactite and stalagmite decoration is buried under debris; only the part along the walls was preserved. However, new stalagmites have already grown on ruined boulders here and there. Benátský svícen - Venetian Candlestick is the most beautiful one.

The corridors that were not made accessible so far continue in several height levels from Dóm zkázy - Destruction Dome - to Dantovo peklo - Dante's Inferno – a giant karst crevasse leading towards the Macocha Abyss and quite filled up with a treacherous and very dangerous cave-in of stone blocks. So far nobody has been able to get through it to other supposed areas. When returning from Dóm zkázy - Destruction Dome, tourists can admire the symbol of the Kateřina´s Cave, the Čarodějnice - Witch formation lit in colours.

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