THE HOSTRI HOVDY (SCYTHIAN) CAVE
Helictites crystals in Hostri Hovdy (Scythian) cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Helictites in the Hostri Hovdy (Scythian) cave

The Scythian cave is in the ledge of the Khreschatyk and Zvenyachyn wall on the border of Zvenyachyn village, Zastavna District of Chernivtsi Oblast.

 

The cave is a labyrinth. The length of its explored passages reaches 3km. The passages are mainly 3-5m high and 1-2m wide splits.

 

The cave is beautiful and decorated with crystals, which is quite rare for Bukovynian caves.

 

As the cave is unique and has high scientific significance, its entrance has lockable gates. Visits are only possible upon special arrangement registering each tourist.

 

Traveling by car, the distance from Chernivtsi will make up to 50 km, the road quality is satisfactory.

 

Photos courtesy of http://www.turystam.in.ua/ , http://www.tkg.org.ua/ , http://sk-alla.livejournal.com/

Former gypsum quarry surrounding the entrance

Surroundings of Hostri Hovdy (Scythian) cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Cave's map

Map of Hostri Hovdy (Scythian) cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Crystal formations

Helictites crystals in Hostri Hovdy (Scythian) cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Some of them take animal shapes. This one looks like a hedgehog

Helictites crystals in Hostri Hovdy (Scythian) cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

Or like roses

Helictites crystals in Hostri Hovdy (Scythian) cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

A grotto with crystal walls

Helictites crystals in Hostri Hovdy (Scythian) cave, Zastavna District, Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine

The approximate cave location on Google Maps

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