The Na Turoldu Cave

On the northern edge of the town rises a limestone hill Turold (385 m). In the wall of a former quarry there is an entrance to the underground karst cave called Na Turoldu. The limestone quarry was opened in 1873 and mining continued until 1937. During mining, which unfortunately took away much of the Jurassic limestone, a complex system was uncovered, which started to develop about 15 million years ago. Since 1951, the exploration of other galleries and domes continues in several levels and the total length of about 1 km. There are underground lakes, and above all exceptional decorations consisting of sintered coatings on the walls that create the impression of petrified foam. Elsewhere, the walls and ceilings of the cave are covered with crystals and clusters of calcite crystals. Lower areas are regularly flooded with water. Stalactites are rare here.

The Na Turoldu Cave is one of the most important Czech hibernaculum of bats, especially the critically endangered lesser horseshoe bat. Other regular (albeit separately) wintering species are greater mouse-eared bat, Geoffroy's bat and Natterer's bat. The cave is located near a geological park.

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