Would you like to appear in a place that was created millions of years ago? Time has stopped there forever and our life seems to be an instant comparing to its mighty and immortal inhabitants.
This place belongs to one of the favourite tourist routes through the Crimean caves. It is called ‘Skelskaya Cave’ and situated in the Baydarskaya Valley between Rodnikovoe and Kolhoznoe villages, not far from Sevastopol. The cave was discovered in 1904 and prepared for visitors by speleologists of Yalta only 100 years later.
A Dragon and A Phoenix Live There
Nowadays the magnificent kingdom of stalactites and stalagmites is illuminated with special lighting, equipped with stairs, handrails and different viewpoints. In 2011 Skelskaya Cave was the first one among all the caves of Crimea to be enhanced with the high-tech electrical equipment.
Because of the illumination, the inside of ‘Nature’s Stone Castle’ is full of optical illusions and fantasy is interwoven with reality here.
The impressions you gain from walking around the cave can be compared to the ones you have while watching a fantasy movie. Yet the movie is all made up, while the cave is real!
The main sights of the cave are stunning calcite sinters. They resemble different things from animals such as a monkey or a dolphin to humans such as a knight and a monk to the fairy tale heroes such as a phoenix and a dragon.
The latest Calcite sinters are particularly amazing. It is unknown how nature is able to reconstructhuman creations, especially in respect of the fact that the cave appeared long before humankind.
The Mysterious World of Stalactites and Stalagmites.
Skelskaya Cave is decorated with numerous stalactites and stalagmites from the very young spikes to the ancient pillars.
Often you can find figures that are called ‘kiss’ among the people. This represents the long-awaited ‘meeting’ of a stalactite and a stalagmite. As they connect they become a stalagnate – a pillar that connects the ceiling and the floor of the cave.
You can also see the enormous stalagmite in the shape of a knight that decorates ‘The Knight’s Hall’ of the cave.
Not all the Crimean caves can boast such a variety of stalactite and stalagmite forms as Skelskaya Cave.
The cave is open for you to visit it every day from 8:00 to 20:00. Our guide always accompanies the tour. The length of tour is about 45 min.
500 RUB – Adults
250 RUB – Children (5-12 y.o.)
Free – Photography
Free – Video
There are gazebos with braziers situated close to the entrance where you can rest and share you impressions of the cave.
Please don’t forget that it is cold in the cave. Although Skelskaya Cave is considered to be the warmest among the Crimean caves, the temperature here falls down to +13oC. You can always rent a warm jacket at the entrance.
Cave is served by LLC The Travelers Club
tel. +7 978 00 694 00
Skelskaya Cave official website.
LLC The Travelers Club does not bear any responsibility for the information posted on other sites.