Bacho Kiro, Dryanovo

The Bacho Kiro cave is situated 5km west of the town Dryanovo, Bulgaria, only 300m away from the Dryanovo Monastery. It is embedded in the canyons of the Andaka and Dryanovo River. It was opened in 1890 and the first recreational visitors entered the cave in 1938, two years before it was renamed in honor of Bulgarian National Revival leader, teacher and revolutionary Bacho Kiro. The cave is a four-storey labyrinth of galleries and corridors with a total length of 3600m, 700m of which are maintained for public access and equipped with electrical lights since 1964. An underground river has over time carved out the many galleries that contain countless stalactone, stalactite, and stalagmite speleothem formations of great beauty. Galleries and caverns of a 1200m long section have been musingly named as a popular description of this fairy-tale underground world. The formations succession: Bacho Kiro’s Throne, The Dwarfs, The Sleeping Princess, The Throne Hall, The Reception Hall, The Haidouti Meeting-Ground, The Fountain and the Sacrificial Altar.The site has yielded the oldest human remains ever to be found in Bulgaria. Among one of the earliest known Aurignacian burials (layer 11), two pierced animal teeth were found and ordered into the distinct Bachokiran artifact assemblage. Radiocarbon dated to over 43,000 years ago, they currently represent the oldest known ornaments in Europe. With an approximate age of 46,000 years, human fossils consist of a pair of fragmented mandibles. Whether these early humans were in fact Homo sapiens or Neanderthals is still disputed.
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  • I like nature there, a lot of foreigners are going there with caravans and tents. there are also a lot of cliff climbers. It’s good for family walk and adventure also for camping  more »
  • Near the Dryanovo Monastery, the cave is one of the largest in Bulgaria. The interior is well defined for viewing. You can view it in a guide group every 1 hour. The fee is symbolic, and the guides...  more »
  • A must visit place. It's a rather famous cave with some interesting traditions. There is a guide to show you the most interesting stuff and help you not get killed.
  • Very beautiful place. Be carrefull if you use Maps to driver here because the destination was wrong in my case. Much better is to set as destination the Dryanovo Monastery. I pay 4 lv/person to have access to the cave.

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