If we cross the north of Bulgaria, and its province of Lovetch, we will find a beautiful gorge called Iskar, very close to the village of Karlukovo, and in this one, piercing a limestone mountain, we find the so-called eyes of God.
The area where the cave is located has been subject for millennia to karstic action, i.e. chemical alteration produced by water on certain types of soluble rocks, which over time shapes the landscape and digs underground galleries and natural caves producing a characteristic landscape, unlike what happens elsewhere in the world. While we find many other caves in Bulgaria, the Prohodna cave is up to 262 meters long and is the largest in the country.
The cave has two entrances facing each other, known respectively as the Small Entrance and the Great Entrance. The caves of the Iskar-Panega Geological Park are in one of the largest karst regions of the country. It is thought to have appeared at the quaternary era, and it is a real paradise for speleology lovers since it shelters hundreds of caves.
The cave therefore contains enormous cavities, one next to the other with two almond-shaped openings at the top, giving the viewer from below an appearance almost as if the cave was looking down through a mysterious pair of eyes. While the cave is a popular tourist destination today, experts have found traces of prehistoric habitation in the cave, which testifies that humans lived in the cave during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic.
The most fascinating time to visit the cave is at night when the full moon is present. With a little patience and luck, you can see the moon through the two cavities of the cave ceiling. Also, when rainwater enters the two holes and falls along the walls of the cave, the inhabitants often say that God’s eyes cry.
According to visitors, the “eyes” of the cave of Prohodna have a hypnotic effect and watching them for a moment from the inside would be very relaxing.
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