Lipska Pećina

Lipska Pecina - Lipska Cave


Useful Information

Location: Dobrsko Selo, Cetinje. On the eastern side of the Lovcen plateau. Crna Gora (Black Mountains in Serbian), Montenegro.
Open: Gated but not locked.
[2010]
Fee: free.
[2010]
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=3,512m.
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Bibliography: Joe Duxbury (2004): Montenegro 2004, [in] Chelsea Speleological Society Vol 46 No 11 November 2004 pp 97-101, illus, map.
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History

 
1839explored by the Englishman Lejard, first written mention.
1887visited by Pavle Rovinski.
1905opened as a show cave.
1955abandoned as a show cave.

Description

Lipska Pećina (Lipska Cave) is known and visited for a very long time. The locals tell it was visited as early as the famous Postojinska Jama in Slovenia. The first written mention is the report of the exploration by the Englishman Lejard in 1839. The famous traveller writer and researcher Pavle Rovinski explored 450m in 1887. He wrote about extraordinary speleothems. The cave was frequently visited, after it was developed as a show cave in 1905. The trails remain, but there is no electric light at the moment.

Today the explored and surveyed length is 3,512m. The cave has wide passages and huge chambers, and there is also an underground river.


A strong wind blows out the entrance suggesting a major cave system. The first section was the old show cave, with steps and platforms, and nicely decorated. Probably due to the oil lamps that had been used, most of the walls and formations were black with soot. The passage performed a roller coaster - steeply down and then up again. The draught disappeared somewhere up the steep boulder slope. Large numbers painted on the walls show the progress of a previous survey. At 850 m the cave ended in a small chamber with graffiti dating from 1905, presumably by an early cave explorer in the Austro-Hungarian army.


Text by Tony Oldham (2004). With kind permission.


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