Emil Racovita Cave

Situated near Criva village in the northern most part of the country is the Emil Racovita Cave, named after the eminent 19th century Romanian biologist, zoologist, and caver Emil Racovita. It was discovered in 1959 during the excavation of a gypsum quarry, but research on the cave did not begin until 1977. It is the third largest gypsum cave in the world.

It has a vast network of underground galleries stretching more than 89,000m (291,991ft) and is split across several levels. Within the cave are large caverns that have been given names such as Cinderella’s Hall, Columns Hall, Dacia’s Hall, and 100 Meter Hall, which reflect their size and grandeur. An interesting feature of the cave is that each cavern has a delicate lining of colored clay, i.e. green, blue, red, black, and white, etc. There are also several underground lakes including the Blue Lake, Dinosaur Lake, and Nautilus Lake.  

For those interested to visit the cave, there are no trail markers but visitors are able to explore the caves in small groups with an experienced guide. Visitors should bring their own equipment; at minimum appropriate clothing, sturdy boots, and a torch (flashlight) are needed, but a helmet with headlamp is advised. The visit does not require any serious climbing or crawling.



Criva village, Briceni, 270 km distante from Chisinau


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