Zlotske Pećine

Zlotske Caves - Lazareva Pecina - Verknjica Pecina - Lazareva Cave - Verknjica Cave

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Location: In eastern Serbia close to the town of Zlot. 22km from Bors and 240km from Belgrade.
Open: APR to OCT daily 9-18. [2006]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric
Dimension: Lazareva Cave: L=1,592m, T=9-12°C, H=100%.
Verknjica Cave: L=1,530m, T=3-9°C, H=100%.
Guided tours: Lazareva Cave: D=40min, L=694m.
Verknjica Cave: D=3h, L=620m.
Bibliography: Dr Radenko Lazaravic (1978): Zlotske pecina, 122pp 50 photos / surveys. (Serbian)
Address: Information: Tourist Office Bors, Tel: +381-30-24166, Fax: +381-30-25961.
Motel "Zlotske pecine", 19215 Zlot, Phone: +381-30-71042.
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1959 explored by D Dvetkovic, T Sava and B Markovic.
1960-62 explored by D Petrovitsch.
1965 explored by D Gavrilovic.
1976 explored by Radenko Lazaravic and the Speleological Group from Valjeva.
1978 opened to the public.


In the case of Zlotske Caves the plural is earned by the fact that there are two different caves, connected by footpaths cut into the cliffs. They are called Lazareva Cave (Lazar's Cave) and Vernjikica. Vernjikica cave is located on the left side of the Lazareva reka canyon, about 1.5km upstream from Lazareva.

Lazareva Cave has two different levels, the upper level is toured. The lower level contains the underground Lazar River.

The tour through Vernjikica Cave shows eleven chambers: Prijmna, Kaskadna, Vilingrad, Koloseum, Mramorje, Gotska Katedrala, Dvorana Oruzja, Venerin Ham and Siparska Dvorana.

Vilingrad is the largest chamber by surface, 2,950m², and got its name from the fantastic stalagmite shapes. The guides point out men, animals, flowers and a complete cave family from grandmother to a dog. Koloseum is the largest chamber in Serbia, 60m long, 55m wide, with a surface of 2,575m². The ceiling is up to 51m high and the volume is aid to be 90,000m³. It was named colosseum because of its circular shape and ruined columns. The biggest stalagmites in this chamber are Godzila (10m high), Toranj (9.5m high), Vecin Sesir (9.5m high), Minare (10.5m high), Kriva Crvena Kula (18m high, 8m in diameter), and Vavilonska Kula (22m high, 11m in diameter).

The Gotska Katedral (Gothic Cathedral) contains a lace of flowstone. Venerin Ham (Temple of Venus) has formations of pure white calcite. The centrepiece is Pecinska Verna (Cave Venus), a 3m high stalagmite, in the shape of a woman with raised hair. It resembles the famous Venus painting by Sandro Botticelli.