Bulgarian National Radio © 2021 All Rights Reserved

Organized speleology in Bulgaria marks its 92nd anniversary

Photo: Bulgarian Federation of Speleology

The beginnings of organized caving in Bulgaria were laid on 18 March, 1920. Since 1975 speleologists in this country have been entering information into a data base of Bulgarian caves – at this time it includes information and maps of more than 600 explored caves.

“Caught up in the coronavirus pandemic we seem to have forgotten the date on which organized caving began in this country, but let us take a look back in time, because it didn’t all start with us,” write the speleologists from the Bulgarian Caving Society on their website, and go on to describe “how sweet it is to gaze at the unearthly subterranean beauty of caves”. But they go on to add there is more to caving than meets the eye.

To this day there still exist uncharted caves inside which no human has ever set foot. For the people with an adventurous spirit speleology is a field where discoveries can still be made.

Photo: Assoc. Prof. Yavor Shopov

In our day the caving movement in Bulgaria is the fastest growing on the Balkan Peninsula. The country plays a significant role in cave rescue.

“In some areas Bulgarian speleology is at the forefront in the region, but also in the world,” says Assoc. Prof. Yavor Shopov, chairman of the Bulgarian Federation of Speleology.

Speleologists say they are a breed apart, their love of the rugged beauty of caves knows no bounds.

Read what Dimitar Paunov, a speleologist with many years of practice and former member of the Aleko Konstantinov speleology club has to say about caving HERE.

Photos: Bulgarian Federation of Speleology and Assoc. Prof. Yavor Shopov

More from category

Song about Hristo Botev

Revolutionary, poet, journalist, publisher. In his brief lifetime Hristo Botev wrote around 20 poems, even so the body of his work is considered to be the apex of Bulgarian literature. Deeply emotional, the verses he wrote when Vassil Levski..

published on 6/2/21 8:50 AM

A trip to the Rose Valley in the season of the “queen of flowers”

A legend has it that a Bulgarian who returned from Persia planted the first rose flower in Bulgaria’s Rose Valley. When the man was still in Persia, he fulfilled the will of a rich and powerful shah to build a mosque in the courtyard of his..

published on 5/28/21 4:30 PM

On May 24th Bulgarians celebrate spiritual development, culture and education

For Bulgarians, May 24 is one of the brightest days of the year. It is a celebration of spiritual elevation, of striving for perfection through the achievements of science and culture. On this day we celebrate the work of the educators of the..

published on 5/24/21 6:15 AM