|Open:||After appointment. |
|Classification:||Index: Gypsum Caves and Mines|
|Guided tours:||Spelunking tours of all difficulties.|
|Accessibility:||Only for physically fit|
|Address:||Mlynky Cave, м. Тернопіль, Tel: +380-443833954, Tel: +380-962124071, Tel: +380-937485901. 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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|1960-1963||six expeditions by Ternopil cavers led by V. O. Radziyevskii and Y. L. Zimels.|
|1994||exploration by speleoclub "Crystal" from Chortkiv.|
|MAR-1996||exploration by Ternopil cavers led by Sergei Yepifanov.|
|AUG-2009||total length of 40km explored.|
Mlynky Cave (Mill Cave) is named after a nearby water mill. Several watermills were built along the small river Mlynochky (small mills) and the place was called Mlynky. Later it became a village and was renamed Zalissia. The gypsum was used for various household purposes and was mined at the entrance of the cave. It is actually unclear if the cave was discovered during the quarry works or if it was known before, there is no document and no legend about the discovery, the cave was always known.
The first exploration of the cave was done by Ternopil cavers led by V. O. Radziyevskii and Y. L. Zimels. Bertween 1960 and 1963 they made six excursions to explore and map the cave. The total length of the cave at the end was almost 10km. They even organized the first spelunking tours, when they guided employees of the "Electroarmature" factory in the cave.
After a long gap the exploration was continued in 1994 cavers of the speleoclub "Crystal" from Chortkiv. They discovered new parts of the cave, which are unfortunately very hard to reach, the entrance section is very narrow. As a result there is only a very poor survey of this part which estimates about 2km of passages.
Today the cave is explored and maintained by Ternopil cavers. In 1996 a group led by Sergei Yepifanov discovered a now maze of passages. In 2009 the lenth of the cave was given with about 40km. The research is still ongoing.