The Magura Cave

The Magura Cave is located in northeastern Bulgaria, 17 km from Belogradchik, in the limestone Rabisha burial mound (altitude 461 meters). It is one of the largest and most beautiful caves in Bulgaria. It consists of the main gallery and three side branches. The overall length of the cave is approximately 2500 meters.
According to geological studies, The Magura Cave began to take shape about 15 million years ago. In one of the caverns prehistoric paintings have been discovered, carved into the walls and decorated with bat guano (droppings). The paintings depict the silhouettes of women, men dancing and hunting, people wearing masks, animals, stars, tools, and plants. The paintings date from different eras – the early Paleolithic, the Neolithic, the later Neolithic, and the beginning of the Bronze Age. A solar calendar from the late Neolithic found there is the earliest solar calendar discovered in Europe. It is painted on the walls of the sanctuary hall and depicts 5 festivals and 366 days.
The cave is used to make sparkling wine, since the conditions in the cave are similar to those required to produce French champagne.

Where to stay near the Magura cave

Additional Information

April 1 – October 30, every day from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm(the last group is allowed to enter at 5.00 pm)
November 1 – March 31, every day from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (the last group is allowed to enter at 4.00)
Groups are allowed to enter the cave once every hour
Admission: Adults – BGN 5, students and seniors – BGN 3
Guided Tours are in Bulgarian and are required, at a cost BGN 5 for the entire group.

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