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Discover Cinderella Cave. One Of The Biggest Labyrinth Caves In Europe
Moldova is famous for its land's beauty, friendly people and flavored wine. Yet not everybody knows that there is a huge unique karst cave called Cinderella in Moldova. It is sometimes called the Emil Racovita cave. This cave is one of the biggest labyrinth caves in Europe.
The cave is situated in the north of the country near Criva village in the Briciani district (240 km north of Chişinău, the capital of Moldova). One can come here for a few days. The village has a comfortable guest house. If you want an absolute unity with nature, you can encamp near the entry into the cave. The cave can be visited only with professional speleologists. Otherwise you won't be permitted to go there. Criva's mayor has a key that locks the cave gates.
Many people believe that a cave is a small muddy and narrow manhole. But Cinderella is not just a big cave; it is a giant among its congeners!
It is over 90 km long! Just think about its size! Moreover, the explored part of the cave is a small fragment of the giant labyrinth's drained part. According to the forecasts, the cave system's total length may be over several hundreds kilometrers.
Facts about Cinderella Cave
The cave is unique as to its corridors' and halls' size. The Antic Hall is of a 100 m length and 20 m width, the Chernovti Speleologists Hall is of a 170 m length and a 30 m average width (the maximal width - 65 m). The Dinosaurs Hall's height is 12-15 meters. The upper and lower floors are connected by the 15-20 meter deep wells.
The cave is extraordinary beautiful. The infinite enfilades are adorned with many-colored polymineral sediments, golden lace of the rarest ferromanganese stalagmites with the manganous group mineral.
The cave's walls are all covered with small crystals like with the New Year garlands. As soon as a light beam is directed at them, everything around fills with a magic shine with millions and billions of joyful sparks blazing on huge halls' vaults.
"Shades" which are the huge gypsum monocrystals, hang under the ceiling. You're not going to see anything fabulous anywhere. These are the big clear crystals of the unusual luminescence.
A lake with crystal-cle over 30 lakes in the Cinderella. Each of them visited by explorers has its history. For example, the Crocodile pond - if you look closely at it, you will see a stone monster really resembling a reptile looking at you from water.
Speleologists, ecologists come and go. But they are also met by the beautiful Cinderella. It is a human-size clay sculpture. Everybody visiting this place greets its owner Cinderella.
There is unusual colored clay in the cave. Everybody tries to make a small statuette, well, to show himself! So many things have been modeled here! You can see chess, trees, even a TV set with a telephone! Evidently our speleologists can't do without these progress goods.
THE REHABILITATION CENTER
The air in the cave is curative. Regular stay here is able to improve immunity, cure cardiovascular, nervous, pulmonary, allergic diseases without any medicines.
Several doctoral theses have been written about the cave carbon-dioxide gas' curative effect. The subterranean air strengthens the organism's general and specific resistibility, releases its spare capacities. That is why the conditions for training and rehabilitation of professional sportsmen, search and rescue party members, emergency liquidators, submariners, pilots and even cosmonauts are wonderful here. However, everything demands further study.
Cinderella Cave, MoldovaClick thumbnail to view full-size
ABOUT THE CAVE'S NAME
An interesting story concerning this marvelous cave's name occurred. The cave is designated as "Emil Racovita" in the official documents and ecological reports. It was the name of an outstanding Romanian scientist (1868-1947). Unfortunately, no world cave list contains the name of "Emil Racovita". Besides, they are used to call the cave Cinderella. Its discoverers named the cave like this (I. Sipunova).
It is necessary to prepare oneself thoroughly for going to the cave. First of all, it is necessary to listen to the instruction on how to behave in the cave. It is important! There is no daylight down there and the lamplight distorts the distance between the objects. So one shouldn't frolic and jump under the ground.
It is impossible to go to the underground kingdom without special equipment and clothes. Experienced speleologists will advise you what to dress in and what shouldn't be taken there.
Magazine Moldova Turistica
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