Resavska Pecina

Ресавска пећина - Resavska Cave - Resava Cave - Divljakovackog Pecina - Divljakovačka


Useful Information

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Resavska Pecina, Serbia. Public Domain.
Location: In eastern Serbia, 20km from the town of Despotovac on the edge of the Divljakovackog Polje. 52km from Belgrade-Nis motorway and 152km from Belgrade. (44.0725, 21.6297)
Open: APR to JUN daily 8-16.
JUL to AUG daily 9-17.
SEP to OCT daily 8-16.
NOV to MAR closed.
[2020]
Fee: Adults SRD 350, Students SRD 300.
[2020]
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: electric
Dimension: L=2,850m, VR=80m, T=14°C, H=75-80%, A=485m asl.
Guided tours: L=800m, D=45min.
Photography:  
Accessibility:  
Bibliography: Jovan Petrovic (1984): Resavske pecine, 152 pp 58 photos, surveys etc. (Serbian)
Aleksandar Antić (2018): Speleotourism potential and tourist experience in Resava cave, Hotel and Tourism Management, 2018, Vol. 6, No. 2: 61-69.
Srećko Ćurčić, Maja Vrbica, D. Antic, B. Curcic, Nikola Vesović (2014): Duvalius (Paraduvalius) petrovici sp.n. and D.(P.) sotirovi sp.n. (Carabidae: Trechinae: Trechini): Two new troglobitic ground beetles from eastern and southeastern Serbia Archives of Biological Sciences. 66. 889-900. 10.2298/ABS1402889C. researchgate
Address: Information: Despotavac Tourist Office, Tel: +381-35-633-007, Fax: +381-35-611-008.
Resavska Cave, Cerska 3, 35213 Despotovac, Tel: +381-35-611-110, Fax: +381-35-613-543. E-mail:
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies in question if you need more recent info.

History

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Resavska Pecina, Serbia. Public Domain.
1962 discovered by the local shepherds and first explored by cavers from Novi Sad, Belgrade and Svilajnca, lead by J Petrovic.
1972 opened as a show cave.

Description

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Resavska Pecina, Serbia. Public Domain.
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Resavska Pecina, Serbia. Public Domain.

The cave is formed on three levels which were originally only accessible to cavers, but now the upper and lower galleries have been commercialised for tourists. The lowest level contains an underground river.

After the Ulazna Dvorane or Entrance Chamber, the visitor leaves daylight to arrive in the Kosnica or Beehive Chamber, then passing through the Kanjonski Kanal or Canyon Canal one arrives at the Prevoja Istorije or History Forecourt. One then passes by the Okamenjenih Vodopad or Fossilised Waterfall with its crystal flows down the rock face. Next are two large stalagmites Baba i Deda or Grandfather and Grandmother. A man-made tunnel leads to the Kristalna Dvorana or Crystal Hall which has beautiful white, yellow and red crystal formations. Most notable are the Noga Slona, the Leg of the Elephant, Glava Jagnjeta, the Head of a Lamb and Glava Zdrale etc. From this level one descends to the lower level by means of steps which wind between massive formations. On the lower floor is Centralna Dvorana or Central Hall which is about 20 m below the upper level. In this chamber which is about 35 m high there is the largest speleothem in the cave, a pillar more than 20 m high and 12 m in diameter. There is also a group of called the Madonna with Child and some massive gours. From this chamber a path leads to the Bobanovu Dvoranu which also contains some nice stalagmites called Suzana and Porodica Tarana. Fom Bobanovu Dvoranu one regain the Central Hall or via another route the Dvoranu Kipova or The Sculptured Hall, here one sees three massive pillars called The Padogas. Next is Menza Hall which is dominated by a huge pillar with white and red calcite crystals. From here one comes to the Koralnia Kanal or The Coral Canal, so called because of its coral like speleothems. From here a tunnel enters the Blatnu Dvornanu and Kepina Dvoranu Chambers and thence via a tunnel back to the surface via the Entrance Hall.


Text by Tony Oldham (2002). With kind permission.

The Ресавска пећина (Resavska Cave) is quite mysterious. Their website offers pdfs of the rules of bidding for the property lease and the signed contract, but gives neither open hours nor entrance fee, or a map how to get there. It seems the operator has his emphasis on different things, not the cave and the visitors. We have not personally reviewed the cave lately and have no first hand knowledge, but our impression is of a nice and interesting cave with somewhat clumsy operators. We have updated open hours and fee from various third party resources on the web. We did this the last time about a decade ago, because today tourist venues know how important an accurate website is. At least we were able to provide pretty nice public domain photographs of the cave.


Resavska Pecina Gallery