Moravian Karst Jana Kročilová. Moravian Karst Moravian Karst – one of the most important karst area of Central Europe near Brno. More than 1100 caverns

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<ul><li><p>Moravian KarstJana Kroilov</p></li><li><p>Moravian KarstMoravian Karst one of the most important karst area of Central Europe near Brno. More than 1100 caverns and gorges, but only 4 caves are open to public. They are: Punkva Caves (Punkevn jeskyn)Catherines Cave (Kateinsk jeskyn) Balcarka Cave (Jeskyn Balcarka)Sloup-ovka Caves (Sloupsko-ovsk jeskyn)Very remarkable for all visitors is view to Macocha Abyss from two platforms the Upper and the Lower foot bridge. </p></li><li><p>Punkva Cavesthe main entrance is about 2 km distant from Skaln mln (Rock Mill) unique stalactite domesa romantic water cruise on the underground River Punkva a possibility to be on the bottom of the Macocha Abyss</p></li><li><p>Macocha Abyss138 m deep, the upper part is about 174 m long and 76 m widetwo platforms: Upper Bridge (1882) and Lower Bridge (1899), 92 m above the bottom of Macocha created by fall of ceiling of huge cave hole the River Punkva is rising here and fills up two small lakes called Horn (Upper 13 m deep) and Doln (Lower 30 m deep)</p></li><li><p>Macocha Abyss legend from 17th centuryIn the village of Vilemovice once lived a widower with his son. He married a second time and his little son got a step mother. In time, the woman gave birth to her own child and wanted to get rid of the stepson. She asked him to join her in collecting the fruits of the forest. As they came close to the very edge of the abyss, the woman threw her stepson down into the depth. However, the boy was spared from death by being caught on extending tree branches. Wood cutters, working nearby, heard the desperate cries, and saved the boy. Upon hearing the tales of the wood cutters, the village people of Vilemovice threw the step mother over the abyss. Since that day the abyss has been called Macocha, the Czech word for stepmother.</p></li><li><p>Balcarka Cavebreathtaking labyrinth of corridors, domes and underground temples with gorge and full-colour stalactitic decoration </p></li><li><p>Catherines Caveabout 500 m far from Skaln mln (Rock Mill)a part of prehistorical outgoing water cave with traces after water stream on its wall very reach as a locality of Pleistocene animals mostly bearsopen to public from 1910</p></li><li><p>Sloup-ovka Cavea large complex of domes, corridors and huge underground gorges created in two levels the hall called Eliina jeskyn (Elizabeths Cave) is known for its perfect acoustica good place for concerts of chamber music</p></li></ul>