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Vorontsovskaya Cave

Sochi Vorontsovskaya Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of Vorontsovskaya Cave

 

Vorontsovskaya Cave is located on the outskirts of Sochi near a village of Vorontsovskaya hence it gets its name. Vorontsovskaya Cave was formed on the Vorontsov ridge above river Kudepsty at an altitude of 419- 720 meters above sea level. At a total length of 11 kilometres it is one of the longest natural underground systems of caverns and tunnels. Its height difference is measured at 240 meters. Ancient humans settled area around Sochi since the ancient times. Archaeologists discovered tools, weapons, pottery and other artifacts that date back to late Palaeolithic period, late Neolithic and Chalcolithic.

 

In addition to human settlements archaeological digs yielded prehistoric animals that are now extinct. This includes bisons, rhinos and of course cave bears those skeletons were found in the grotto of a Cave Bear.

 

One of the most beautiful underground caverns in Vorontsovskaya Cave is Estradny or Lustrovy Hall. It has a width of 9 meters and length of 20 meters. Its roof and floor is covered by stalagmites and stalactites. Grotto of Prometheus is the longest hall in Vorontsovskaya Cave. It reaches a length of 120 meters. It is named after mythical hero Prometheus from Ancient Greek mythology. Greeks believed that this titan brought humans fire, but was punished by gods of Olympus mountain. He was chained to Caucasian mountains and punished by eagle that came every single day to eat his liver. Liver was rejuvenated every single time the eagle left and punishment continued.

 

 

 

 

 

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