STOPICA CAVE

Stopica Cave is famous about its  ‘bigren ‘tubs with their unique characteristics represent the trademark of the Cave and they are made of limestone that has been deposited for ages.

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Stopica Cave is a river cave, the Trnavski brook runs through it. It consists of three speleologic and hydro horisons: the occasionally flooded, the river horison and the youngest one, the horison of cracks. Without its youngest system Stopica Cave is 1.691,5 m long, it covers the area of 7.911,5 m2 and has the volume of more than 120.000 m3 . The cave has got an impressive entrance hole from the right side of the Pristavica river.It is situated at 711,18 m above the sea- level, its width is 35 m, and it is 18 m high.The limestone layer in the cave dates from the Trias period and is over 100 m thick. The climate in the cave is influenced by the outer climate, it is cold in winter  and warm in summer.

The cave got its name after the little village Stopici that belongs to the village Rozanstvo. The first written data about  Stopica Cave were left by Radoslav Vasovic in the Minutes of Serbian Geology Society in 1901. The first speleologic research was made by our great research worker and founder of scientific speleology Mr.Jovan Cvijic in the years 1909 and 1913.

Stopica Cave is composed of 5 units: the Light hall, the Dark hall, the Big hall with tubs, the Canal and the River canal.
The tourist part of the Cave has got several attractive elements such as a broad entrance, ‘dugure’ – openings on the ceiling, a sipar arch ‘Dog’s cemetery’, a waterfall ‘The source of life’, and a lot of ‘bigren’ tubs.

The ‘bigren ‘tubs with their unique characteristics represent the trademark of the Cave and they are made of limestone that has been deposited for ages. They are deepenings hemmed by stone walls or by curved reddish folds in which water is collected and it is pouring out of baths in cascades. ‘Bigren’ tubs are occasonally flooded and they differ from some other tubs in Serbia by their size and depth, some of them being up to 7 metres long.

In the River canal there is a whirlpool under which a ‘bigren toboggan’ begins, which continues to ‘bigren cascades’, among which there are ‘bigren tubs’ and ‘giant pots’. Water pours down the cascades making small waterfalls when the water is low, while it creates a unique 9,44 m high waterfall when there is a lot of water. You can’t hear the person you are talking to because of deafening noise of water. It seems the foaming water is pouring down the sky, the air is trembling because of water drops, and cold is coming from the wet walls, and visitors shiver in the pitch – darkness of this cave. In spite of chill it causes, the waterfall is called ‘The Source of life’.