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invites you for a ride in your holidays in a tourist route in the mountains in Romania, where together we visit monasteries, caves, and waterfalls and many wonderful places.


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Polovragi Cave


Pachomius's mysterious cave of Polovragi.

Oltet modeled homes, over millennia of perseverance, a band of Jurassic limestone in southern mountains skull, Polovragi Cave is a real tourist attraction in all of its objectives in the North East Gorj .

From Polovragi Monastery, who as a barrier guarding the end of the main street of the village related, dare to climb the gorge, initially along Forest Polovragi protected natural area for chestnuts and a Mediterranean vegetation. Coming from the right forest, steep bank on the right - a skull and Strajerul left Mount - Mount Parang, announcing entry into Oltet Gorges. Forest road, public utilities, rises slightly, while the river Oltet which, in the abyss of its bed, mountains separating the two brothers, still digging real keys with vertical walls, the total length of 3 kilometers.

After 200-300 meters of climbing through gorges Oltet, right, opens a gate of impressive dimensions, whose development tells us to enter. Recognize the name: the same Polovragi ... We find that the local consciousness is kept alive a belief that the spiritual leader of the Dacians, Zalmoxe would be living in caves Polovragi. Also here, the medicine men used to process a rare plant called povraga, polvraga or Polovragi utilized as a remedy against disease in people.

It is possible that the default name of the village and the cave and monastery, to be of Dacian origin, comprising a cryptogram itself still unreadable, on any conception of our ancestors on their religious beliefs or medical practice so widespread in their lives.

This legend is recorded and Alexander Vlahuta the "picturesque Romania", 1901, by describing the protective god if Zamolxis urging people to fight, to defend against invaders forefathers' land, and "drops that drip and drip and now they are tears of steiurile His "people who deplore the fate if captured by the Romans.

Indeed, the cave is warm and humid (temperature - 9 degrees and average humidity - 90%), the "crying" with rising droplets of water are rich in calcium carbonate, either silicon dioxide, iron oxide etc.., according to strata that crosses them "wash" and return them with patience, in his own excavation. Depending on the impurities they carry the water in the main gallery, it changes from downstream to upstream, the portions that have become, over time, names such as Bloody vault, White House, Hall Divine.

The 800 meters from the gallery visit (of over 10 km upstream books cavers to downstream) is the great river mouth and downstream gate is tourism, which explains the impressive size of input and also the need to stop visiting from inaccessible portion public.

The first section of the gallery (about 400 m from the entrance) shows an exceptionally emotional because the most accessible portion, was over time a refuge for locals: Dacians, quack, monks, each having scored at least one a separate symbol. Thus, his seat Zalmoxe corresponds to the surface after approx. 350 meters of rock cover, former Dacian fortress "Cetatuia" burning ovens polvraga plant root corresponds to the huge plant but disappeared in the ceiling of the cave as proof hardened and asceticism where monks (1505-1968) is marked by a painting made of by a monk in black technology, representing the symbol of death. Historical chronology ends with spring hope, not a mouth that

never dries, behind which we "look" Virgin with Child in her arms, perhaps from neighboring monastery, dedicated to the Assumption.

Since the second sector, sector nose tips usable positioned between poles and corridor Corridor suffocating cave becomes more interesting in terms of geomorphological: the fringe , intermediate columns, domes, clusters of stalagmites, deep pools, leaks parietal clay ocher cave. Cave hosts a wintering colony of 300 bats cave in order Microchiroptera, kind Rhynophus called popular horseshoe bat, the horseshoe shape thanks to their surrounding fold nose. etc.., even getting some forms of their names grace of their spectacularity.

Bats do not need eyes to hunt mosquitoes that feed. They emit a lot of "yelling" imperceptible by the human ear. Using ultrasound guidance produced by vocal cord vibrations. Its structure, larynx resembles a flute. Exhaled breath of lung, eliminating high speed through the larynx, giving birth to a whistling sound with a frequency of 30,000 to 150,000 Hz, perceived by the human ear.

Air pressure through the larynx of a bat is twice higher than a steam locomotive, which for an animal so small, it's a remarkable performance. In animal larynx arise 500-200 high frequency sound vibrations which lasts only 2-5 milliseconds each. Thus, a barrier at 17 meters, turn at bat emitted sounds in approx. 0.1 seconds.

If the sound signal duration exceeds 0.1 seconds, echo reflected from obstacles located at less than 17 m distance is perceived by the ear while the sound bat gave birth. So by the time that separates the end of the first signal emitted sound, echo, bat he appreciates distance separating the object that reflected ultrasound.

All bats in order Microchiroptera (small bats) are equipped with ultrasonic cameras of different models that can be classified into three categories: whispers, scandal and stridulantes. Bats which are enoying ryinololofies and horseshoe bat, common in the Caucasus and Central Asia, but also in our cave. This horseshoe is an ultrasonic speaker that add a directed beam.

Bats hang from the ceiling behind the cave, head down and turning round, explore the surroundings with the sound beam. The detector live ten guerrillas remain suspended from the two legs, until an insect entering the field, or sonar. Then bat jump and catch the prey. Is able to shoot 10 to 15 insects per minute. If the period of maternity bats may appear, with a discretion jealously, the right to life, color inaccessible for human eyes, to breastfeed in quiet chickens the hibernation period are more vulnerable because, for grouping a bunch colony huge need general ceiling of the gallery visit. Do not think we have at least insensitive if we did not observe the period of hibernation?

Horseshoe bat performance in the hunting season, can be seen in the period from July to September at Polovragi Cave found easy ascending Polovragi 600-700 m from the monastery.



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