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Devil’s Throat Cave

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At the end of the Trigrad gorge on the lower side of the road is an artificially excavated entrance to the Devil’s Throat cave.

A hundred and fifty meter long tunnel leads to the impressive hall of the cave. At the beginning, only the slight chill suggests that one is entering the ground and above it lies a 200-meter layer of marble. Then there’s a dull hum that turns into a rumble, and soon we’re in the Great Hall.

At first it is difficult to perceive its outlines and dimensions. Slowly the details emerge – the bluish-dark glints of the tamed river and an ethereal mist that creates the illusion of movement and life, as if the Devil is “breathing”. From the hall, up a winding steep cement staircase, the natural entrance of the cave is reached.The Thracians have a legend that they threw chieftains here in order to remain immortal.

The waters of Trigradska Reka form 18 waterfalls in it, the highest of which descends into the roaring hall of the cave from a height of 42 m. It is the highest on the Balkan Peninsula. The huge Roaring Hall (with three waterfalls), into which the boiling river flows, is over 35 m high and over 100 m wide. The name of the cave comes from the shape of the entrance, resembling a devil’s head.

Almost 400 m from the entrance to the Devil’s Throat, the waters of the underground river are lost in a siphon-gallery. The length of the siphon is more than 150 m, and after it, along a 60-meter gallery, the underground river leaves the cave and comes to the surface again. In this cave, the largest colony of long-winged cave bat in Bulgaria and in the Balkans hibernates.

Work time:
Opening hours:
from May to September: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
from October to April: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There are no holidays and it works all year round.

Entrance fees:
BGN 5 for adults,
BGN 2 for children up to 16 years old,
free for children up to 7 years old and people with disabilities.
The entrance fee also includes a talk.

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