Jama Baredine

Baredine Cave - Baredine Pit


Useful Information

Location: In Nova Vasthere (Nova Vas), near Porec. On the Istrian Peninsula.
Open: APR daily 10-16.
MAY to JUN daily 10-17.
JUL to AUG daily 9:30-18.
SEP daily 10-17.
OCT daily 10-16.
26-DEC to 06-JAN daily 10:30-15.
Tours every 30 minutes.
[2011]
Fee: Adults EUR HRK 60, Children (6-12) HRK 35, Children (0-5) free, Students HRK 45.
Groups (20+): Adults HRK 45, Children (6-12) HRK 30.
[2011]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave
Light: electric.
Dimension: VR=132m, T=14°C.
Guided tours: D=40min, L=300m, VR=60m, V=50,000/a.
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Address: Jama Baredine, 52446 Nova Vas, Porec-Parenzo, Istra-Hrvatska, Tel: +385-52-421-333, GSM: +385-98-224-350, E-mail: contact
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History

1926 first exploration by a team of speleologists from Trieste to a depth of 80m.
1973 start of exploration by the Proteus Speleological Society.
1974 complete exploration of the cave by Silvio Legovic and a team of speleologists from Porec. Survey
1976 caving club Proteus founded.
1986 cave was declared a nature reserve.
1990 start of development.
1995 opened to the public.

Description

Jama Baredine is a rather new show cave maintained by the Proteus Speleological Society. It has exceptional formations, for example a curtain which is ten meters long and high. The tour shows five huge chambers with numerous speleothems. The biggest chamber is 200m long, 100m wide and 60m high. The Proteus club also offers spelunking tours into the not developed parts of the cave.

In Baredine cave several Explaintroglobite species live. Most famous are, of course, the human fish, ExplainProteus anguinus. Other endemic troglobionts of the cave are crabs and insects, especially the common < ExplainNiphargus. Cave guests are bats and doves in the cave, and toads which are found in the entrance area.

The cave plays an important role in a 13th century legend. A nobleman from Poreč named Gabriel, fell in love with Milka, a beautiful milkmaid from Nova Vas. But Gabriels mother was against this love and tried to stop it. Nothing helped, so she payed robbers three gold pieces to kill Milka secretly.

But the robbers did not kill Milka, but hijacked her and threw her into a cave (Baredine, obviously!). When Gabriel heard this, he took his horse and tried to save her. Later his horse was found, but near another cave nearby. It seems, the two both got lost, but in different caves.