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The Sloup–Šošůvka Caves
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THE MORAVIAN KARST

is the largest and most important karst region in the Czech Republic. It is situated north of Brno as a part of the Drahanská Highlands with an area of 94 km2 of Devonian limestones (width 3–5 km, length 25 km). Due to its hydrographic conditions, it is divided into the northern segment – the Punkva River System, the middle segment – the Křtinský and Jedovnický Brook System and the southern segment – the Říčka River System.
 

THE SLOUP-ŠOŠŮVKA CAVES

  • are situated in the northern part of the Moravian Karst near the town of Sloup in the Sloup-Šošůvka Caves natural reservation area
  • they comprise a ponor cave system with two levels formed by erosion of the Sloupský Brook; part of the longest cave system in the Czech Republic – Amatérská Cave (Amateur’s Cave)
  • the Sloup part called “Staré skály” (Old Rocks) and the Nicová Cave have been known since time immemorial, the Eliška's Cave was discovered in 1879, the Šošůvka part in 1889–191
  • the total length of all known corridors – 4,200 metres, with denivelation of 94 metres
  • open to public since 1881, the current length of available route – 1,670 metres
  • tour duration: 1 hour – short cave tour, 2 hours – long cave tour
  • air temperature: 7–8°C, relative humidity: ca. 99%
  • a paleontological and archaeological site of world importance
 
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