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Željko Madžgalj, a Novakovića's cave expert, presented the cave to the daily “Vijesti”. Madžgalj says that it is one of the most important speleological sites in Montenegro for a number of its natural characteristic. It was proclaimed a protected area of nature for those features by the Republican Institute for Nature Protection. The cave is located 28 kilometers from the town of Bijelo Polje in the heart of Vraneška dolina.

To reach the cave take the main road to the village of Muslići near Tomaševo (25 km) and then take the macadam road (3 km) from the village church to the spring of the river Vranštica and the site Novakovića stijena (Novakovića Rock).

Above the spring, at 100 meters on the left side of great scree there is the entrance to the cave. By its morphological characteristics Novakovića pećina is a branched speleological site. In numerous cave explorations speleologists found fluorescent marks and signs in sand or a stretched rope that treasure hunters left in order to get back easier to the entrance. Their fears were not justified because explorations, further measurements and speleological maps have shown that all corridors are circular and that they reconnect with the main corridor. The cave is 605 meters long and its entrance is small but after a couple of meters of a narrow entrance channel the cave “opens” into a larger room. It is easy to pass through it but there is one difficult point near the room called Kula (The Tower) where there is a small 3-4 meter jump.

“The most beautiful parts of the cave are Skrivena odaja (The Hidden Chamber) which is located in the upper part of the cave as well as the rooms called Začarani grad ( the Magical City), Pikaso (Picasso), Ram i Galerija Dada Đurića (Frame and Dado Đurić Gallery). The highest point in the cave in is the channel Strmenica, and lowest is at the end of the underground river course. Total elevation difference between the highest and lowest point is 50.20 m", Madžgalj explains. Although the cave has a legal protection as a monument of nature, the frequency of attendance and passing through it and poor ecological culture have resulted with huge damages and many cave ornaments have been destroyed in the most beautiful parts of the cave. 

Caves can be visited from the 1st June to 31st October only with professional guides and adequate equipment.  For the cave torus, contact speleologists of the local mountaineering- speleological clubs.  


  • Speleology
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