THE BALAMUTIVSKA & DUCHA CAVES
Entrance to the Balamutivska cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Entrance to the Balamutivska cave

The Balamutivska cave is located in the North-Eastern outskirts of Balamutivka village in Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast. It’s a natural monument of national significance.

 

The entrance to the Balamutivska cave is in the upper part of the right slope of the Dniester valley. It’s quite a large grotto the with fairly impressive dimensions, 20m wide, 15m long and 10m high. The cave itself is low and not too wide. The gallery height is about 1-1.5m and the width ranges between 1 and 2 meters. The cave is longer than 200m. The grotto bottom is full of plaster lumps. In the course of archaeological research, petroglyphic drawings from the Mesolithic period (10-12 thousand years B.C.) were discovered but, unfortunately, their condition was too far from the best.

 

The Ducha cave lies 150m East of the Balamutivska cave. It’s a natural monument of local significance. The entrance into the grotto opens behind a plaster brow. The cave is about 144m long and 1-2m high. Cave walls are covered with a number of plaster forms. At the time the cave is in the process of exploration.

 

A trip from Chernivtsi by car will make some 45 km.

The cave near the entrance inside

Entrance to the Balamutivska cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

The entrance to the Balamutivska cave on Google Maps

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