Ðurovića Jama

Djurovica Jama - Ðurovića špilja

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Location: Cilipi, at the airport of Dubrovnik. In the Skycellar wine & souvenir shop.
Open: All year daily 10-18.
Fee: Adults HRK 40, Children (0-14) HRK 15, Seniors HRK 15.
Groups (12+): Adults HRK 30.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: L=199 m, T=16 °C.
Guided tours: L=156 m.
Bibliography: (2006): , Subterranea Croatica, Vol 4 No 6 June 2006, 64 pp, many photos, 2 loose surveys. ISSN 1334-5281
Published by Speleo Klub "Ursus Spelaeus", Kurelceva 3, 4700 Karlovac, 47000 Croatia.
Nenad Buzjak (2006): Speleomorfoloske I Hidroloske Znacajke Djurovica Spilje (Cilipi, juzna Dalmacija), [Speleogeomorphological and Hydrological Characteristics of Djurovica Cave (Cilipi, Southern Dalmatia)] Hrvatski Geografski Glasnik 68/1, 57-72. SB In Croatian with English summary.
Address: Ðurovića Jama, Dubrovnik PartneR d.o.o., Vukovarska 26, HR-20000 Dubrovnik, Tel: +385-20-773-331, Tel: +385-20-448-180, Fax: +385-20-358-008. E-mail: contact
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190? explored by the Austrian biospeleologist Viktor Apfelbeck, the curator of the National Museum in Sarajevo.
1913 explored by the Czech biospeleologist Karel Absolon.
1958 visited by the philologist and historian Don Vice Medini and the academician Mirko Malez.
1962 exploration by the ZL Dubrovnik.
1963 entance closed during the construction of the airport.
2001 rediscovered during construction works at the south edge of the airport close to the the control tower.
2001 explored by the Speleological Section of the Mountaineering Society "Mosor" from Split.
2003-2005 seven ecological studies by the Croatian Biospeleological Society (HBSD).
2007 start of development after authorization by the Ministarstva kulture.
07-AUG-2008 opened to the public.


Ðurovića Jama (Djurovica Cave), also called Ðurovića špilja is located at the airport of Dubrovnik.

The cave is known since the early 20th century and was explored by many speleobiologists. Before World War I the area still belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the cave was first explored by Austrian scientists. It seems it was visited by many scientists until finaly the airport was built in the early 1960 and the cave entrance was closed in 1963. It was more or less forgotten until construction works close to the tower reopened the cave in 2001. The officials were surprised by the cave, but because of its size and beauty, and its obviously ideal location, there were soon plans to convert it into a show cave. In 2007 the Ministry of culture allowed the development of the cave and 2.2 Million Kuna were invested for the development. The cave was opened in summer 2008 and is now Croatia's youngest show cave. The cave is entered through a 37 m long artificial tunnel from the Skycellar wine & souvenir shop.

The cave is located in upper Cretaceous limestone, partly limestone breccia. The single huge passage is rich in speleothems. It ends at a chamber called Hall of the Republic of Dubrovnik which has some pools of water and an abundance of speleothems.

The cave once had a natural entrance and was visited in prehistoric times. A probing revaled remains from the late Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. But while the cave is very well explored concerning speleobiology, there was never an extensive archaeological excavation.