Sataplia Cave

Sataplia Cave

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  • It’s all about Sataplia – a unique nature reserve between izmestnym resort city Tshaltubo and Kutaisi, 500 meters above sea level, famous for its karst caves and dinosaur tracks. On the territory of the former Soviet Union, there are three places with these signs: in Ravat Valley in Tajikistan, on the mountain Sataplia in Georgia and Hodge-pil in Turkmenistan.
  • Next to Kutaisi, in addition to large caves and Sataplia Navenahevi, its interesting ecosystem, there are many smaller ones. Some of them are the remains of prehistoric man, for example, a cave Uvarov Sakazhiya: apparently, in these places once inhabited by primitive tribes. There is in this area and did not explore the cave. Cavers call them creepy crawls, because the entrance there requires nerves of steel and skill. But the efforts were not in vain – karst course, drop in depth, resulting in a large hall with intact stalactites and stalagmites.

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  • The underground world of Georgia became known recently. It found two-thirds of all caves – more than 600 known in the former Soviet Union, and, they are concentrated in Western Georgia on the famous limestone-karst massif Arabica. The most interesting for the tourism industry – Tskhaltubo karst region with complex hydrogeological structure. Part of the local caves and combined in complex called Sataplia. It’s – the oldest object of the underworld, and dinosaur footprints discovered in 1934 at the site near the fossilized cave – are unique. In one component of a complex Sataplia – in the White Cave (Tskhaltubo) – found numerous tools and life of prehistoric man. Sataplia in Georgian means “honey”, here you can see the nests of wild bees, arranged in the grooves and crevices of the limestone cornice. Discovered in the last century dinosaur tracks, caves and preserved relic forest enriched the name of the new value: Sataplia really was a “mountain honey” for tourists.

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  • Opened it in 1925 Petre Chabukiani local historian. By the way, he also discovered and dinosaur footprints. This amazing cave, consisting of many rooms, a scientist accidentally found by following the path of a brook, is lost in the breach. The length of the cave – 900 meters (the length of the tour route – 309 meters), and every inch of it – a natural exhibit. Calcite growths resemble the animal, the fairy-tale characters, but there is also the pride of the cave – “Stone Heart” – a huge stalagmite shaped like a human heart. The stalactites and stalagmites grow to 1 cm in 1000 years, so that the historical moment of reunification “Heart of Stone” will see only our distant descendants.
  • Next to the “heart of stone” – Hall, which used to be equipped to receive patients suffering from bronchial asthma. The fact that a constant temperature of 14 degrees and cave air have healing properties. Vivid proof of that – he Chabukiani Petre, who has lived 94.

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  • On the reserve, which at the same time is a scientific and tourist center, built a special facility for the preservation of dinosaur in a cave with stalactites and stalagmites of the modern system of lighting and acoustics, paved trails in the woods of the Colchis, GLASS built as an observation deck for visitors center , an exhibition hall and the original Department.