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Caves

Scarisoara Cave

Location: in the proximity of Upper Garda, Alba County.
Description:The cave is a natural protected monument. The cave is famous due to the presence of a 3000 years old glacier which covers an aria of 5500 square meters and a volume of 55000 cubic meters. The ice sheet can reach in some spots about 20 m. The shallow-hole from the entrance is 50 m deep and 57 m in diameter.
The cave presents calcareous concretions and also icy stalagmites. Inside the ice was discovered a Chamois skeleton

The Bears’ Cave

Location: in the proximity of Pietroasa commune, Chiscau village, Bihor County.
Description: The cave is a natural protected reservation. It has two major levels one of them active but with few concretions and an inactive one which presents stalagmites, stalactites, curtains. In this cave remains of an Ursus spelaeus skeleton were found.

Woman’s Cave

Location: 2 km far from Baia de Arama, judetul Gorj.
Description: The cave is a natural protected monument. It is 3566 m long and is rich in concretions. The Woman’s Cave has archeological and paleontological value. In the cave were found remains from an Ursus spelaeus and remains of human culture from Paleolithic.

Dambovicioara Cave

Location: 1 km far from Dambovicioara village, upstream Dambovicioara Gorges.
Description: Dambovicioara Cave is 244 m long. The cave presents a principal gallery which gets narrower and doesn’t have other ramifications. The concretions are scarcely developed.

The Ghetarul de la Focul Viu Cave

Location: in the central part of Bihor Mountains.
Description: The name of this cave can be translated into English as the “glacier with fire-like appearance”. The cave presents a glacier which reflexes the rays of the sun which enter through a big hole from the cave’s ceiling. This projection of the sun light into the mass of the ice looks like a fire. From the point of view of its size the glacier is the second in Romania after the one from Scarisoara Cave.

The Cetatile Ponorului

Location: in the Bihor Mountains.
Description: The Cetatile Ponorului represents a karstic complex formed of three avens, a cave and an intermittent karstic spring, occupying an aria of 93,3 hectares. This region was declared a natural protected monument.

The Cetatea Radesii Cave

Location: in the Vladeasa Mountains, on Somesu Cald Valley.
Description: The cave presents a ceiling which is perforated by four holes. Through those holes the sun light enters the cave creating a beautiful image which many times was compared with the one of a Gothic cathedral illuminated in blue light.

The Ialomita Cave

Location: in the Bucegi Mountains.
Description: The Ialomita Cave was realized by the tributary of the Ialomita River-Horoaba River in the calcareous rocks of the Batrana Mountain. This cave was equipped for the tourist activity and the access to the cave is easy.The cave has two levels of passive and active galleries and huge halls (the Bears’ Cave, the Altar, Decebal’s Vault, Mihnea Voda’s Cave).

The Ghetarul de la Vartop Cave

Location: in the Bihor Mountains, in the proximity of Casa de Piatra Village, Alba County.
Description: The Ghetarul de la Vartop Cave was declared a natural protected monument. The cave presents a permanent block of ice, rich concretions (stalagmites, curtains, columns, domes), impressive halls (the Dome’s Hall, the Big Hall, the Wonders’ Hall).

The Topolnita Cave

Location: in the Mehedinti Plateau, in the proximity of Marga Village, Mehedinti County.
Descriptin: The Topolnita Cave was declared a natural protected monument. From the point of view of its galleries’ length this cave is the second after the Vantului Cave (the Wind’s Cave). The galleries of the cave are situated on four levels. The cave displays rich concretions (stalactites, stalagmites, curtains, stone pearls), halls, waterfalls, lakes, guano deposits. Inside the cave skeletons of cave bears (Ursus spelaeus) were found.

The Ice Cave (the Varfurasul Cave)

Location: in the Vladeasa Mountains.
Description: The name of this cave can be explained by the fact that until July ice formations are preserved in it. The cave is rich in concretions.

The Wind’s Cave

Location: in the proximity of Suncuius commune, Bihor County.
Description: This cave was declared a natural protected monument. The Wind’s Cave has the longest system of galleries from Romania (20.875 meters of length). The cave also presents a great variety of concretions.

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