|Location:||Bijambare, between Nišići and Krivajevići villages, Ilijaš Municipality, north-eastern Sarajevo Canton. Follow main road Sarajevo-Tuzla, turn off on asphalt road at 40km from Sarajevo, 90km from Tuzla. Turn north towards Bijambare hut.|
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|1954||declared a natural monument.|
|1998-2000||renovation of paths and electric light.|
Bijambare are actually five different caves located in a nature resort around 95m asl. They are called Upper Cave, Main Cave, Lower Cave, Duricina Cave, and Dimsina Cave. All of them are open to visitors, but Main Cave is the only show cave, equipped with electric light and paths.
Srednja Bijambarska Cave (Main cave) is a single exit cave. The tour follows the main branch of the cave for about 420m through four chambers, then the visitor return the same way to the entrance. The fourth chamber is the biggest one, 60m in diameter and 15-30m in height. Because of its good accoustics it is called Music Hall. The last part of the passage is rather narrow, and was widened artificionally during the development of the cave. As a result the air current flowing through the cave ends before the last chamber, which is rather poorly ventilated. As a result CO2 exhaled by tourists stays in the chamber for a long time, after they already left the cave. This was measured during a scientific research carried out to help the development of the area as a tourist destination.
Main Cave is famous for numerous speleothems, especially stalactites, stalagmites, and draperies. The entrance allows a nice view over the surrounding forrests. The entrance part of the cave has ice stalagmites during winter.