AMAZING UNDERGROUND WORLD of CEROVACKE CAVES - Croatia, Velebit

Cerovacke caves, Velebit, Croatia
Cerovacke caves, Velebit, Croatia

Have you ever walked through the underground and visited the beautiful world of caves? It is breathtaking . One enters in the world of sacred dreams and pure natural magic, full of miracles, where the only artist is Mother Earth who shapes the most amazing sculptures with the endless creative power, without any tool then pure energy of love.

There is no museum in this world which can offer so much beauty as amazing galleries created by pure natural forces, which we can find everywhere around, if we travel just few miles away from our crowded cities and artificial way of life.

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Cerovacke caves, Gracac, Croatia, mt. Velebit
Cerovacke caves, Gracac, Croatia, mt. Velebit

Cerovacke Caves

Cerovacke caves are world famous and for sure the most beautiful caves in Croatia.

They are part of mountain Velebit, in the area named Lika, Zadar county, near little town Gracac.

Caves of Cerovac consist from three different levels, which were first thought be be 3 different caves, but they are connected with several shafts, so this is actually one very big cave on 3 levels. Upper and lower parts are partially open to public. They were found around 1913. They are at least 4 kilometres (7 miles) long (actually they are much longer, because speleologists often discover some new parts of them so it is unknown how big they really are).

Lower Cerovacka cave (which I still did not visit) was permanently inhabited in prehistoric times, for Upper one it is said that was used just like temporary shelter for people and animals from ancient times. Due to the amazing beauty of this cave and its connection with lower parts, I would not be surprised that our ancestors were using it like sacred place for performing rituals.

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This is one peace of pottery left from old tribes - Illyrians, who lived on this area more then 3.300 years ago and used this cave as shelter, while there were traveling around this teritory.

It is so touching to be in contact with the peace of human history, on the place where it was made and used.

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Famous decoration of Cerovacke caves

Cerovacke caves have the most gorgeous decoration made mainly from limestone, many parts of them are still very alive and active (so not open to public). They consist from corridors which lead to the various halls where natural forces formed the most interesting groups of sculptures. These groups of sculptures as well as individual ones, look like real people or other living beings, so whoever sees that must become aware that nature created them intentionally. They very often represent people gathering together (f.E one hall is named "Stone Wedding Celebration" , the other "Cathedral" ) or show various other non-human creatures, some parts look exactly like other planets... creative inspiration of nature is limitless...

Like I mentioned before, groups of sculptures so often represent gathering of the people on some happenings, their celebrations, rituals, you can see couples, families, friends...

If you look carefully. you can see that limestone is often creating various situations in everyday human life.... human happiness and lonelines, pain and joy of human existence. Every sculpture has its deep symbolic meaning.

When I was there I realized that in the very alive and meaningful shapes of these sculptures one can read the various parts of our human history (or/and future) as well as history and future of our planet and solar system.

This whole universe is connected, we are sparkling parts of the same creative force which bonds us together from the beginning of time.

Lake in Upper Cerovacka cave

Can you imagine how special gift is to drink the pure water directly from the generous lap of Mother Earth? This small lake in the heart of cave, gave me few sips of clear water of life, and I drunk it with deep respect, pure love and gratitude.

There is saying in my country, in which I deeply believe, that whoever drinks the pure water in some area, with open heart, stays forever connected with that place. In this magical cave, there is so easy to connect the soul with the mighty creative power of Nature, and stay in love with it - forever.

Somewhere on the Moon...Lake in Upper Cerovacka cave

Landscape from other parts of our Universe

So many parts of cave look like completely another planet somewhere far from the Earth.

I always wanted to visit another galaxies, while visiting Upper Cerovacka cave, my wish finally started to fulfill....

Amazing landscape in Upper Cerovacka cave

Cerovacke Caves
Cerovacke Caves

Many interesting creatures are formed in the cave limestone....

You can find there natural sculptures of tigers, bares, mushrooms, octopuses, jellyfishes...imagination and creativity of Nature in Cerovacke caves is really special. These are for sure one of the most beautiful caves in the world.

Octopuses in underworld of Cerovacke caves

Jelly fish in Cerovacka cave

This cave is full of surprises, on every step your eyes can discover some new miracle, some new creation, which you could otherwise see only in your dreams.

I hope these photos inspired you to visit secret world of caves, here or anywhere else in the world - such experience change us forever: creative forces of our planet are always more powerful and more beautiful then anything else we try to create with our hands and tools.

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Sparkling sculptures of Upper Cerovacka cave

Veiew from Mt Velebit on Cerovac
Veiew from Mt Velebit on Cerovac

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Melinda Winner 7 years ago

BEAUTIFUL PICTURES ! I loved the HUB !


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Melinda, these are first impressions from my vacations (on Monday, I will be back)...Many regards.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

These were absolutely stunning! And you have such a talent for photography (I think I mentioned that already). Amazing, thank you.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks, Dohn. Well, nature is so beautiful, that one just needs to - look around and use camera. Taking photos of something so beautiful is - pure pleasure.

Thank you for visit and comment.


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Another hub full of beautiful photos Tatjana. Again thank you.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Tatjana- Thumbs up for beautiful pictures. And 2 x done ;)


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Great hub! Wonderful pics! Thanks! :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, TOF, so glad to see you here.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Many thanks, CW, I am glad you have liked them.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, Tom, for the visit and comment.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Wow, you actually took these photos? they are awesome. I felt like I was inside those caves reconnecting to an ancient past of which we all are a part of. The Jelly fish cave has unusual colors to my perception. Thanks for this glimpse, its a new visual experience for me! :)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Yes, Mary, taking photos is my passion, which I finally started to fulfill last year. Since then I always travel around with camera.

In the part of the cave which is open to public, there is artificial light on many places,so some of the colours you see belong to the effect which lamps create.

Colours of the limestone vary due to the addition of iron and some other metals. On mountain Velebit (where are Cerovacke caves) is red soil (terra rosa) so there is a lot of red and yellow colour even in limestone.

I am so glad you have liked it.


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MamaDragonfly2677 7 years ago from New York

Another wonderous piece of Tatjana's talent!

I absolutely LOVE the visuals! Great hub!


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artrush73 7 years ago

Great article :). Are there a special tours for caves?


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you, MamaDragonfly. Many warm regards...


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you for the visit, Artrush. Yes, they are tours organized, from the sptingtime up till autumn, every day...


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

How cool!!! Each cave has its own story to tell, the pictures you were able to take and share are so incredible! A journey under Croatia was ever as much as exciting as the journey above ground. Thank you so much!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thanks Emohealer, I am glad you have liked it.


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Tatjana, you always seem to take us on a wonderful journey with your photographs and informative hubs. Beautiful work.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much, Aidy, many thanks for your visit and encouraging words.


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mecheshier 7 years ago

You live in some amazing country... Nice HUB


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much Mecheshier.

I feel so blessed because of that.

Many thanks for the visit and comment.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Tatjana, bless you for this article Child :-)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

I am so glad you have liked it, De Greek...


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

I love caves and have explored many, both big tourist attractions and smaller ones. We have in South Africa two major tourist attraction caves, the Cango Caves in the Western Cape and the Sudwala in Mpumalanga. They both have scenes very like the ones in your wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing these.

Love and peace

Tony


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you Tony, caves are always so beautiful - this whole world is.

Peace and love


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SmittenWithTravel 5 years ago

I would have never known about this if it wasn't for hub! Great job Tatjana!


jouneid bana 5 years ago

wow looks so wonderfull,never tought u have such a wonderfull caves there,i saw loads of old caves and huge and great in lebanon ,and will love to see that caves in croatia


jouneid bana 5 years ago

wow looks so wonderfull,never tought u have such a wonderfull caves there,i saw loads of old caves and huge and great in lebanon ,and will love to see that caves in croatia


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Tatjana-Mihaela 5 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA Author

Thank you very much for your comment JB.


Jess 22 months ago

I was just in Cappadocia a few months ago, and saeytd somewhere similar. The whole area is super cool, with lots of beautiful walks to take, and entire underground cities to explore. It actually looks just like southern Utah, but with a lot more cave houses. In fact, people still live in the caves, and if you go walking around the villages and valleys there you'll see satellite dishes poking out of the stone houses, and curtains in windows and stuff. I was amazed to find that people still live in caves! So cool!

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