пещера Бачо Киро

Pestera Bacho Kiro - Batcho Kiro

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Location: Near Gabrovo.
4 km south-west of Dryanovo, near the Dryanovo monastery. West of Dryanovo Monastery in Andaka river valley. An easy walk.
(42.947128, 25.430294)
Open: NOV to MAR daily 10-16.
APR to OCT daily 9-18.
Fee: Short Route: Adults BGN 5, Children (7-) BGN 3, Children (0-6) free, Students BGN 3, Seniors BGN 3, Family (2+3) BGN 10.
Long Route: Adults BGN 8, Children (7-) BGN 5, Children (0-6) free, Students BGN 5, Seniors BGN 5, Family (2+3) BGN 16.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=3,500 m, T=13 °C.
Guided tours: Short Route: L=350 m, D=15 min.
Long Route: APR to OCT, L=900 m, D=60 min, Min=15.
Bibliography: J. K. Kozlowski, ed. (1982): Excavation in the Bacho Kiro Cave (Bulgaria), Panstwowe wydawnictwo naukove, Final report. Warszawa. Polish Scientific Publishers. 172 pp.
Jean-Jacques Hublin et al. (2020): Initial Upper Paleolithic Homo sapiens from Bacho Kiro Cave, Bulgaria. Nature. Published online May 11, 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2259-z. online
H. Fewlass et al. (2020): A 14C chronology for the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition at Bacho Kiro Cave, Bulgaria. Nature Ecology & Evolution. Published online May 11, 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-1136-3. online
Address: Bacho Kiro Tourist Association, Stefan Stambolov St. № 7 p.m. 14, Dryanovo, Gabrovska, Tel: +359-676-72332, TeL +359-887-080993. E-mail:
Tourist Information Center Dryanovo, 65 Shipka Street, Dryanovo Tel: +359-878-479-587. E-mail:
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1890 first scientific exploration.
1938 opened to the public.
1940 renamed Bacho Kiro.
2002 trails and light renovated.


пещера Бачо Киро (Bacho Kiro cave) has four levels. After a low entrance, several large caverns follow, connected by 20 m high passages, all with only very few speleothems. The highlight is the huge hall Haidushko Sboriste (Hall of the Rebels' Gathering). The cave was named after Bacho Kiro, a man who was an important figure during the Bulgarian National Revival, a sort of Bulgarian renaissance which took more than a century and finally lead to independence. He founded the People's Cultural Club at Byala Cherkva in December 1869. In 1870, he set up a theatrical company and staged revolutionary plays. In 1876 during the April Uprising, a revolution against the Ottoman rule, 101 members of his Cultural Club followed him to the battle in nearby Dryanovo Monastery.

This cave, or at least its entrance region, was visited by paleolithic man. The remains of cave bear, deer, wild horse, rhinoceros, as well as well-formed flint knives and bone spikes were discovered by an English archaeological team. These pieces are now in the British Museum in London.

There are two tours, short and long. The short tour shows Vestibule, Purgatory, Rain Hall and Concert Hall. It is really short, takes only 15 minutes. The long tour takes an hour, includes the short tours and at the Purgatory it continues through an otherwise locked door. The cave passage behind is famous for massive speleothems. Highlight is a huge stalagmite with a height of about 8 m and a circumference of 1.5 m.

Bacho Kiro is often referred to as the oldest show cave of Bulgaria. And while it was true until 2010, when the ShowcaveLepenitza Cave was reopened, it is now the second-oldest show cave. Lepenitza Cave was opened to the public only a few years earlier, but it was closed to the public for more than half a century. Actually most show caves of Bulgaria are quite young, several were opened in the mid 20th century, more were opened in the 21st century with the accession of the country to the European Union.

Nearby are many other sights, like the waterfall, a karst spring and the newly opened Dryanovo Eco Trail. The attractive nature trail follows the gorge of the Dryanovo River for 3 km. There are several platforms for bird and game observations as well as picnic areas.

The newest discoveries in the cave were published in 2020. A tooth and six bone fragments plus numerous stone tools were found and dated to be between 46,000 and 44,000 years old. These are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens in Europe and some 5,000 years older than previous findings. This means that Europe was reached by Homo sapiens much earlier than previously thought and Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthanesis lived together much longer.