|Location:||In eastern Serbia, 20km from the town of Despotovac on the edge of the Divljakovackog Polje. 52km from Belgrade-Nis motorway and 152km from Belgrade.|
|Open:||APR to OCT daily 8-18:30. NOV to MAR daily 10-17.|
|Dimension:||L=2,850m, T=14°C, H=75-80%.|
|Guided tours:||L=800m, D=40min..|
Jovan Petrovic (1984):
152 pp 58 photos, surveys etc.
Information: Despotavac Tourist Office, Tel: +381-35-633-007, Fax: +381-35-611-008.
Resavska Cave, Cerska 3, 35213 Despotovac, Tel: +381-35-611-110, Fax: +381-35-613-543. E-mail:
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|1962||first explored by cavers from Novi Sad, Belgrade and Svilajnca, lead by J Petrovic.|
|1972||opened to tourists and was the first show cave in Serbia.|
|Image: Resavska Pecina.
Photographer: unknown. This picture is public domain from commons.wikimedia.org.
The cave is formed on three levels which were originally only accessible to cavers, but now the upper and lower galleries have been commercialised for tourists. The lowest level contains an underground river.
After the Ulazna Dvorane or Entrance Chamber, the visitor leaves daylight to arrive in the Kosnica or Beehive Chamber, then passing through the Kanjonski Kanal or Canyon Canal one arrives at the Prevoja Istorije or History Forecourt. One then passes by the Okamenjenih Vodopad or Fossilised Waterfall with its crystal flows down the rock face. Next are two large stalagmites Baba i Deda or Grandfather and Grandmother. A man-made tunnel leads to the Kristalna Dvorana or Crystal Hall which has beautiful white, yellow and red crystal formations. Most notable are the Noga Slona, the Leg of the Elephant, Glava Jagnjeta, the Head of a Lamb and Glava Zdrale etc. From this level one descends to the lower level by means of steps which wind between massive formations. On the lower floor is Centralna Dvorana or Central Hall which is about 20 m below the upper level. In this chamber which is about 35 m high there is the largest speleothem in the cave, a pillar more than 20 m high and 12 m in diameter. There is also a group of called the Madonna with Child and some massive gours. From this chamber a path leads to the Bobanovu Dvoranu which also contains some nice stalagmites called Suzana and Porodica Tarana. Fom Bobanovu Dvoranu one regain the Central Hall or via another route the Dvoranu Kipova or The Sculptured Hall, here one sees three massive pillars called The Padogas. Next is Menza Hall which is dominated by a huge pillar with white and red calcite crystals. From here one comes to the Koralnia Kanal or The Coral Canal, so called because of its coral like speleothems. From here a tunnel enters the Blatnu Dvornanu and Kepina Dvoranu Chambers and thence via a tunnel back to the surface via the Entrance Hall.
Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.