Kateřinská jeskyně

Catherine's Cave


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Image: cave entrance portal in the sun.
Location: From Brno follow 43 (E461) north to Lipuvka, at the city limits turn right to Blansko, on 379. At the city limits turn right again, then at the iron works turn left to Skalní mlýn.
In the valley Suchý Žleb, 200 meters from the Skalní mlýn Hotel. Park at the parking lot at the end of the road, keep on the main road (right side). Follow the road 200m to the ticket office, then 200m to the cave entrance, all on paved road..
Open: MAR Tue-Sun 10, 12, 14.
APR Tue-Sun 9-16, hourly on the hour.
MAY to AUG daily 8:20-16.
SEP Tue-Sun 9-16, hourly on the hour.
OCT Tue-Fri 9, 11, 12, 13:40, 14:20, Sat, Sun 8:40-16.
NOV Tue-Sun 10, 12, 14.
[2010]
Fee: Adults CZK 70, Children (6-15) CZK 40, Children (0-5) free, Students CZK 40, Disabled CZK 40, Seniors CZK 50.
Photography Permit CZK 30, Video Permit CZK 100.
[2010]
Classification:  Karst cave, Devonian limestone.
Light: electric.
Dimension:  
Guided tours: D=30min, L=430m, T=7,1°C.
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Address: Kateřinská jeskyně, Zdena Zouharová, 67801 Blansko, Tel. +420-516-413161. E-mail: contact
Skalní Mlýn - Informační centrum, 67825 Blansko, Tel: +420-516-413575, Tel: +420-516-410024, Fax: +420-506-415379. E-mail: contact
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Last update:$Date: 2015/08/30 21:53:04 $

History

 
1910opened to the public.

Description

This cave was named after a shepherdess called Catherine who discovered the cave whilst looking for some lost sheep. The cave is located at the lower end of the Suchy zleb canyon in the northern part of the Moravian Karst, some 2km south of the Punkva Cave. Famous for its gigantic domes, one is 97 m by 44 m by 20 m making it the largest in the Moravian Karst. Recently [1930?] a new section richly decorated with speleothems was discovered. Most notable are the pole like stalagmites, called the Bamboo Grove. It has also yielded important palaeontological and archaeological finds. The cave has excellent acoustics and is often used for concerts. As you enter the cave an sound system plays Dvorak in the background.


Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.

Image: in the Bamboo Grove.

This cave is famous for its fascinating acoustics. Consequently, many concerts are scheduled to take place inside the cave. The tour includes some classical music from a tape, either playing in the background, or as a sort of short intermezzo during the tour.

Image: the second chamber.

The most characteristic thing of the cave is its entrance portal. Looking like an almond, it is a typical result of a fissure based solution. About six to eight meters wide, and at least ten meters high with a pointed arch like a gothic church. Most time of the day the sun shines at the white limestone rock making this the brightest place in the valley. The contrast to the dark brown inside of the cave is immense. After a short narrow and rather low passage - don't panik, there is no need to duck - we reach a huge hall.

This is called the old cave, because it was first known. Speleologist discovered a crawl to a second hall, and so many years ago the crawl was widened artificially and it is now possible to also visit the second part of the cave, consequently called the new cave.

After the short, artificially opened sump, which was once blocked by debris and clay, there is series of smaller chambers with notable speleothems. Characteristic for the Moravian karst is the brightness and beauty of the speleothems, despite growing on layers of brown clay. And finally we reach the second great chamber. This is the place with the good accoustics, and it would seat thousands of visitors, but most of the floor is covered by huge blocks and debris, and thus impassable. The chamber is visited on a trail along the wall which forms a circuit along the perimeter of the hall. This is a place where tour groups of 50 visitors virtually get lost.


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