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Orlova chuka cave is located about 40 km from Rousse, near the village of Pepelina. The cave was opened in 1941 by a shepherd who grazed his flock in the area.

In 1959, 124 stone steps were built in Orlova Chuka, and an artificial tunnel, which serves as an entrance, was also drilled. Cavemen begin exploring the cave and discover skeletons of cave bears. It is believed to have been inhabited by humans through the Paleolithic and the Stone-Copper Age.

Today visitors are accessible and lit about 3 km from the cave.

Her name comes from the rock wreath that stands above the entrance. Orlova Chuka is a habitat of the backyard (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum), the small horseshoe (Rhinolophus Hipposideros) and the Myotis blythii (Myotis blythii). In the galleries also lives a shrieking bat (Chiroptera), which is unique in Europe.

From the artificial entrance of Orlova Chuka you can enter the first cave hall. It is called “Concert” because, because of its good acoustics, concerts are often performed there, and every year in August, during the Cave Meeting is also held a festive concert. It is in the “Concert Hall”, “The Great Stalactic”, with a height of 3.5 m and a diameter of 50 cm.

The “Great Gallery”, which is to the west of the Concert Hall, has many beautifully shaped sinker lakes.

The largest and well-developed hall in the cave is the Great Scree. On the walls, there are santra formations, where, if you look, you can distinguish interesting shapes resembling a snake, ball player, etc. At the bottom of the hall, there are rock blocks that were probably collapsed during strong earthquakes. On the bottom, there are many remains of adhering manure, as the hall is one of the favourite habitats of the bats in the cave.

Next to “The Great Screech” is the Little Scree Hall. To the west of the main gallery begins a tunnel at the end of which is the “Space Hall”.

In the small Resting Hall, a tunnel is formed, at the end of which there are calcite crystals that look like cracks.

 

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