Lipska Pećina

Lipska Pecina - Lipska Cave - Lipa Cave


Useful Information

Location: Dobrsko Selo, Cetinje. On the eastern side of the Lovcen plateau. Crna Gora (Black Mountains in Serbian), Montenegro. (42° 22ˈ 0.41057", 18° 57ˈ 11.10848")
Open: APR daily 10, 12, 14.
MAY to OCT daily 10, 11:30, 13, 14:30, 16.
Groups (15+) only with appointment.
[2019]
Fee: Adults EUR 10.50, Children (5-15) EUR 6.90, Children (0-4) EUR 1, Family (2+3) EUR 29.90.
[2019]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric light
Dimension: L=3,512m, VR=300m, T=8-12°C.
Guided tours: V=20,000/a, D=60min.
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Bibliography: Joe Duxbury (2004): Montenegro 2004, [in] Chelsea Speleological Society Vol 46 No 11 November 2004 pp 97-101, illus, map.
Address: Lipska pecina d.o.o., Lipa Dobrska bb, 81250 Cetinje, Tel: +382-67003040. info@lipa-cave.me
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History

1839 explored by the Englishman Austen Henry Layard, first written mention.
1841 visited by the German scientist Wilhelm Ebel.
1887 visited by Pavle Rovinski, a Russian geographer, ethnographer and scientist.
1894 visited by Édouard-Alfred Martel.
1905 opened as a show cave.
1955 abandoned as a show cave.
2015 reopened to the public.

Description

Lipska Pećina (Lipska Cave) is known and visited for a very long time. The locals tell it was visited as early as the famous Postojinska Jama in Slovenia. The first written mention is the report of the exploration by the Englishman Austen Henry Layard in 1839. The famous traveller writer and researcher Pavle Rovinski explored 450m in 1887. He wrote about extraordinary speleothems. The cave was frequently visited, after it was developed as a show cave in 1905. The trails remained for decades, but there was no electric light, the cave was gated but open during summer and freely accessible.

The cave has wide passages and huge chambers, and there is also an underground river. Today the explored and surveyed length is 3,512m.

In 2015 the cave was opened as a regular show cave with trails and electric light, after it was developed the years before. It is now the only modern show cave in Montenegro. The ticket price includes the parking, a train ride to the cave entrance and back, the tour, guided by locals which are well trained.


A strong wind blows out the entrance suggesting a major cave system. The first section was the old show cave, with steps and platforms, and nicely decorated. Probably due to the oil lamps that had been used, most of the walls and formations were black with soot. The passage performed a roller coaster - steeply down and then up again. The draught disappeared somewhere up the steep boulder slope. Large numbers painted on the walls show the progress of a previous survey. At 850 m the cave ended in a small chamber with graffiti dating from 1905, presumably by an early cave explorer in the Austro-Hungarian army.


Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.