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  • When we walked thru the second gallery, i started to smell some strange smells, which were (later i found out) the smells of the calcites

    • by susan

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      During my trip to Romania last February, i got a chance to visit some of the wonders there. Because I have a personal interest in caves and mountains, so those places would me my main destinations. One of the destinations is Pestera Ursilor, or Bear Cave in english. Hearing the name, people can easily guess that the cave should be used as a shelter for bears in the past, which is true. Before entering the cave, you have to pay for ticket.

      You cannot enter the cave alone without a guide, and you can’t enter the cave whenever you like. They have special hours in which you are allowed to enter. Usually they will allow guests to enter once every hour. For example, if you come at 5.

      15, you can’t enter the cave cause the next schedule is at 6. And if another guests come at 5. 30, all of you will have to wait till 6. While i was there, i came with 2 of my Romanian friends, and we’re lucky enough

      to be the only group :-) The guide does speak english, but because i came with Romanians, so he didn’t want to explain it in english since he found that explaining it in Romanian was way easier.

      Too bad, although we had the camera with us, but we’re not allowed to take pictures unless we wanted to pay for large amount of money. With our kind of ticket, we’re only allowed to take a tour. Because they provided a book about the cave with pictures inside, so we decided not to waste money for such tickets. It’s also forbidden to take drinks there, but the guide was nice enough to let us carry the drinks we had (maybe because he saw that we bought it there).

      Entering the cave, you could feel the humid climate. Back then it was winter time outside, but inside the cave it was so humid. The cave-based on the explanation given by the guide- was now being taken care of by some institutions, including an University. This ...

      • cave was made for research, and so when i was there, i could see how much they took care of the cave by adding stairs, lights, and keeping the temperature at some level in order to keep the humidity.

        Inside the cave, it’s so marvelous. The cave was divided into 3 parts, which are gallery of the bears, gallery racovita, and the gallery of the candles. Inside the first gallery, i saw some bears bones, and i did see one big bear’s (very old one) fossil. It is said that during the moment when the cave was discovered, they found many bears’ fossils inside.

        It’s predicted that the bears were trapped inside for certain periods. When we walked thru the second gallery, i started to smell some strange smells, which were (later i found out) the smells of the calcites. Inside the second gallery i saw some ‘forms’ made by the calcites after some years. I saw the forms (or symbols) of: the church’s altar; and the dwarf.

        It’s not really easy

        to see it for real, but if you see it closely, you can see that at certain points, those were true, that there are some similarities between the calcite’s form, and the real object. The view of the calcites really really gorgeous, and from far you might think it was an ice, while the fact was, it wasn’t. It’s a pure mineral stone. To my surprise, i was amazed when the guide said that for each calcite to grow 2 cm, it would take 40 years.

        After he said so, i was totally speechless by the view of many tall calcites stones. These were the proofs that the cave itself was very, very old. Inside the third gallery, i could see many candle-like calcites. Tall and sharp, and some of them did look like melted candles.

        The stairs inside were relatively slippery, caused by the humidity, so when you go there, make sure you don’t wear high heels :) the overall impression from my visit there is, very, very satisfying. I come from metropolitan city, and so i find the cave really mesmerizing.

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