Ravanicka Pecina

Ravanicka Cave

Useful Information

Location: Near Senje. Motorway 1 (E75) exit Cuprija, road to Senje, at the other side of the village. Signposted Manastir Ravanicka.
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Dimension: L=1,049 m.
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Ravanicka Pecina is a small cave not far from Manastir Ravanica (Ravanica monastery) from the 14th century. At the moment it is possible to visit the entrance section with its nice portal and flat floor. According to a report in The British Caver in 1987 the cave was planned to be opened as a show cave. Actually this never happened, because of the war which broke out two years later.

The cave is explored by local cavers of Speleological Association "As". At the weekend of 29-APR-2007 nine cavers explored various parts of the cave. The cave has a sequence of 10 sumps which must be dived, the try to dive the last and still unexplored 1,500 m deep in the cave lead to a tragic dead of four cave divers. Three students, Boško Madžarevic, Fulip Avramovic and Bojan Borokic, aged 23 to 25, and their lecturer of the Belgrade geological and mining faculty, Sasa Colic, 35, tried to dive through water-filled pockets of the Ravanicka cave. There has been some confusion of the cause of the accident in the media, some told of carbon-monoxide poisoning, others of drowning, even poisoning with methane was once mentioned. However, cave diving is very dangerous, so if you visit the cave use your brain and stay out of the water.