|Location:||South of Ojcow. In the Ojcowski National Park. 20km Northwest of Cracow.|
|Open:||MAY-JUN 9-17, JUL 9-18, AUG-OCT 9-16. |
|Classification:||Karst cave. Upper Jurassic Limestone.|
|Dimension:||L=186m, A=410m asl.|
|Guided tours:||L=120m, D=20min.|
|Address:||Jaskinia Ciemna, Ojcowski National Park, 32-047 Ojcow, Tel: +48-12-4239063.|
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|17th century||visited by the Polish King.|
|1691||first described in Świat podziemny blisky (The Close Undergound World).|
|1787||visited by the last Polish King Stanisłav August Poniatowski.|
|190?||first Polish cave with electric light.|
Jaskinia Ciemna is a very old show cave, as the first offical cave tour was made during a visit of the Polish King in the 17th century. For another royal visit in 1787 paths and stairs with railings were built to the cave entrance, the cave floor was planked, and the cave was brightly lit. This made this cave a show cave in the modern meaning of the word. The visitor was King Stanisłav August Poniatowski, the last Polish King. For him a special triumphal arc was erected inside the cave and a brass band played. In the nearby castle an exhibition of cave minerals was shown.
The archaeological remains in this cave are very important. Paleolithic finds date back 120,000 years.
The cave is rather small, but the biggest chamber measures 80m long and 20m wide.