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POSTOJNA CAVE

The Postojna Cave is a 20-km long karst cave system, a web of underground passages, galleries and chambers, which has in almost 200 years been visited by over 34 million people accompanied by experienced cave guides.

Name:POSTOJNA CAVE
Name original:POSTOJNSKA JAMA
ISCA member:POSTOJNA CAVE
Country:Slovenia
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Length:20570 m
Depth:115 m
Elevation of entrance:529 m
Number of visitors:500000 / per year
Temperature:8.00 - 10.00 °C
Length of show path:by train and on foot; 5200 m
Duration of visit:90 min
Latitude:45.7827186584
Longitude:14.2036600113
Address:Jamska cesta. 30
Town / City:66230 POSTOJNA
Email:info@postojnska-jama.si
Phone:+386.5.7000100
Fax:+386.5.7000130
Web:www.postojnska-jama.eu

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The Postojna Cave is a 21-km long karst cave system, a web of underground passages, galleries and chambers, which has in almost 200 years been visited by over 34 million people accompanied by experienced cave guides. It is both the largest cave of the Classical Karst and the show cave with the largest numbers of visitors in Europe. Throughout its history it has posed a great challenge for daring explorers who have shown enormous effort and persistence and managed to penetrate further and further into the underground world. The most interesting passages were in 1818 discovered by Luka Čeč and no later than a year after the cave was already set up as a show cave. The far-sighted cave management deserves credit for the fact that it did not take long for all the newly discovered parts of the cave to be equipped for large numbers of visitiors. Prior to that, the visitors had only been able to access the passages not far from the entrance, where signatures of visitors to the cave have been recorded since the 13th century onwards. In 1872, railway tracks were laid in the cave and in 1884 electricity was installed. Nowadays visitors can satisfy their curiosity by learning about how the caves came to existance, by having a look at the passages and chambers, and above all by looking at stalagmites rising up from the floor of the cave and stalactites hanging down from its roof, how they are joined as pillars, creased as curtains and lined up in all kinds of fatastic forms. The cave is easily accessible without any steps or any streneous uphill walking. Part of the visit to the cave is done on the train and part of it on foot. All visits to Postojna Cave are guided; either visitors are accompanied by Slovene-, English-, German- and Italian-speaking guides or conducted by means of audio guides in 15 different languages.

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