|Location:||Near Gabrovo. 4km south-west of Dryanovo, near the Dryanovo monastery. West of Dryanovo Monastery in Andaka river valley. An easy walk.|
|Open:||All year daily 7-12, 13-18. |
J. K. Kozlowski, ed. (1982):
Excavation in the Bacho Kiro Cave (Bulgaria),
Panstwowe wydawnictwo naukove,
Final report. Warszawa. Polish Scientific Publishers. 172 pp.
|Address:||Batcho Kiro, Dryanovo, The Dryanovo monastery, Tel: +359-676-23-32.|
|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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|1938||opened to the public.|
|1940||renamed Bacho Kiro.|
Bacho Kiro cave has four levels. After a low entrance, several large caverns follow, connected by 20m high passages, all with only very few speleothems. The highlight is the huge hall Haidushko Sboriste (Hall of the Rebels' Gathering). The cave was named after Bacho Kiro, a man who was an important figure during the Bulgarian National Revival, a sort of Bulgarian renaissance which took more than a century and finally lead to independence. He founded the People's Cultural Club at Byala Cherkva in December 1869. In 1870 he set up a theatrical company and staged revolutionary plays. In 1876 during the April Uprising, a revolution against the Ottoman rule, 101 members of his Cultural Club followed him to the battle in nearby Dryanovo Monastery.
This cave, or at least its entrance region, was visited by paleolithic man. The remanins of cave bear, deer, wild horse, rhinoceros, as well as well-formed flint knifes and bone spikes were discovered by an English archaeological team. This pieces are now in the British Museum in London.
Nearby are many other sights, like the waterfall, a karst spring and the newly opened Dryanovo Eco Trial. The attractive nature trail follows the gorge of the Dryanovo River for 3km. There are several platforms for bird and game observations as well as picnic areas.