Speleological Complex of the Orlovaca Cave near Pale is officially opened for Visits

May 19, 2020 5:15 PM

 

The speleological complex of the Orlovaca cave in Sumbulovac near Pale was opened on Tuesday for tourists, in compliance with the measures on distance and wearing masks, said the expert associate for cultural-historical and natural goods of the municipality of Pale, Mladen Samardzic.

He stated that visits to the cave are planned until October 15, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.00, 12.00 and 15.00, and the ticket price is from two to four BAM, Srna news agency reports.

Samardzic said that all persons who come today to visit the cave will have a free tour, and due to the limited number of tourists in public places, it is necessary to announce larger groups on the phone number 065 / 992-808.

According to him, the tourist groups in this speleological complex have up to 15 visitors with one guide, and the tour lasts from 30 to 45 minutes.

Orlovača cave is one of the most beautiful caves in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Orlovaca cave system is one of the most significant caves in Bosnia. It’s located on the hill with the same name, in Sumbulovac, 1 km from the main road Sarajevo-Zvornik. The nearest urban centers are Pale and Sarajevo which are distanced 10 km and 15 km, respectively, so the cave is in the excursion zones. One of the most important winter tourism centers “Jahorina” is just 25km distanced from the cave.

Orlovaca jewelry is unique. This is the hidden indescribable beauty, where the stalagmites, stalactites and halaktiti interspersed with fragments of coral and aragonite jewelry and unique cave pillars, reminiscent of antique and Renaissance castles and monuments of different colors. It’s embellished with a series of drapery of tiniest looks and different forms. Enriched beautiful landscape with saliva like petrified waterfalls, colorfully giving the cave the perfect ambience design. Orlovača is outstanding speleological site, where the cave bears have lived (Ursus speleus), a distant ancestor of brown bears (Ursus arctos), more than 16,000 years ago.

The cave is home to the most vulnerable groups of mammals in Europe – a bat (Microcom hipoptrea), which belongs to the endemic entemofauna. Besides the bear’s bones which were founded at a distance of around 400 meters from the entrance to the cave, there were some very interesting archaeological details, such as fragments of pottery from the Mesolithic, then ammonites – residents of Mesozoic sea, and an old ax made between 2,500 and 3,500 years ago. The total length of the cave channels is more than two and a half kilometers, and for tourists  around 560 meters of concrete paths and contemporary lighting are available. Visits to Orlovača cave have to be reserved in the Cultural Center of Pale.

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