Skocjan Caves

Caves Skocjan

The ?kocjan Caves are a cave system in Slovenia. We should mention before reading this report that our main purpose was to see the caves instead of receiving information and advice in large groups. The Skocjan Caves are a spectacular cave system in southwestern Slovenia with the largest underground cave in Europe and a rushing underground river.

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?kocjan Caves Regional Park is drawing up a concept for sustained mobilization. Free-of-charge bus timetable to Skocjan Cave Park (1 May..... On 24 March, a one-day workshop of the National Education Institute of Slovenia took place in the protected area of Skocjanski Cave Park ?kocjan and DOPPS-Birdlife Slovenia.

The ?kocjan Caves students' studio N.... Last September 15th, we went to the Museum of Slovenian Movie Actors in Diva?a and ended the students' workshops of our project which was given by the fine artist  Valerija Zabret. Nineteen students from four elementary colleges took part in the workshops.....

The Slove members receive the following types of vocational trainings..... The ?kocjan Cave Park held a course for members of the Slovenian Association of Tour Operators and other interested tour operators on 11 and 12 September. This apprenticeship is part of the scheduled lectures of the internationally..... Distinguished visitor of the ?kocjan Caves Park.

Due to the cavern system being maintained until 30 April 2017, Visitor 2: Following the Reka subway will be modified. The ?kocjan network of schools gets state recognition..... It is our pleasure to announce that our network of schools in the ?kocjan Caves Park, which has been working in the Karst Biosphere Reserve for more than 10 years within the UNESCO MAB programme, has been awarded the Republic Prize.....

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The ?kocjan Caves are the most important subterranean phenomenon in the Karstic and Slovenian regions[4] The ?kocjan Caves were added to the list of Ramsar wetland areas of world importance on 18 May 1999. Along with the Reka subterranean river, they are one of the longest subterranean humid areas of karstic activity in Europe.

The caves are 6,200 metres long and form a 300-metre thick stratum of chalk and Palaeozoic-stone. Reka is disappearing in the Great Collapse Doline (Slovenian: Velika Dolina) in the ?kocjan Caves and then runs for 34 km under the ground near Monfalcone, where it takes up about one third of the Timavo stream, which runs 2 km from the Timavo springs to the sea [5] The views of the great rainwater stream, which vanishes under the Great Collapse Doline, 160 metres below the ground, are at the same time magnificent and terrifying.

There are the first documented records of the ?kocjan Caves from ancient times (2nd c. B.C.) by Posidonius of Apamea and are listed on the oldest public charts of this part of the globe, e.g. the Lazius Ortelius chart of 1561 and the Novus atlas of Mercator of 1637. Louis-François Cassas (1782), a famous artist from France, was asked to draw some landscapes, which also shows that in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the caves were one of the most important characteristics of nature in the Trieste outback.

It is evident from his pictures that the inhabitants of the area of the Great Collapse of the Doline (Slovenian: Velika dolina). In 1689, the Ukrainian scientist Johann Weikhard von Valvasor described the Reka valley and its subterranean current. It' s hard to tell when the ?kocjan Caves really started to be a tourist destination.

A number of springs report that in 1819 the district council Matej Tominc (Tominc cave is called after him ) ordered that the stairs to the bottom of the Great Collapse Dolina (Slovenian: Velika Dolina) were made. The date is the beginning of contemporary tourist activities in the ?kocjan Caves. The ?kocjan Cave has attracted about 100,000 people a year in recent years.

First part of the caves - Caves-Caves-Mahor?i? and Mahor?i? Small collapse dolina (Slovenian: Mala Dolina) - was opened to the public in 1933. It was refurbished in 2011 and equipped with a new metal bridge[8].

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