Bozkov Dolomite Caves
Written by Tereza Brozova
Just less than 30 km (18.6 miles) from Harrachov, the centre of the Giant Mountains situated in Liberec Region, in the northern edge of the Czech Republic, can be found a unique cave complex, which is said to be the largest one in the northeastern part of Bohemia because of the length of over 1,000 meters (3,281 ft). The dolomite caves in Bozkov are a favorite tourist destination since the year 1968 when the caves have been made accessible to the tourists. Being the only one cave system in North Bohemia made possible to be explored by the public, the caves in Bozkov belong among the most frequently visited places in Bohemian Paradise.
The entrance into the underground space was discovered by dolomite miners in the year 1947 while the existence of the underground space in Bozkov was revealed by accident (but fortunately) – by a blast in a small dolomite quarry. You can imagine the Bozkov dolomite caves as a labyrinth of underground corridors and cavities which are situated not very deep under the surface. The typical and unique decorations of the accessible caves consist of quartz ledges and listels in walls and ceilings. Some of the hollows are even filled with stalactites and stalagmites – the traditional calcite decoration. The Bozkov dolomite caves have been created by corrosive activities of underground water for thousand years, during the long process of continuous dissolving of the Paleozoic calcic dolomite.
The lower part of the caves is flooded and thanks to that visitors can admire the largest underground lake in the Czech Republic as well as smaller romantic lakes with greenish crystal clear water as an attractive part of the sightseeing route. The caves and their surroundings are situated in a protected area conditioned by the nature. As a member of landscape protection law they also became a part of the national natural heritage in the year 1999.
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