Ochtinská Aragonite Cave

Ochtinská Aragonite Cave

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Located in southern Slovakia, between Štítnik and Jelšava, near the village of Ochtiná, Ochtinská Aragonite Cave is a unique natural phenomenon and one of the three most beautiful aragonite caves in the world.

The decoration of the cave is made up of aragonite spirals and needle-shaped crystals. They were formed in special climatic conditions, through  the crystallization of calcium carbonate.

The aragonite cave was discovered in 1954 and in 1972 a 230 m long section was opened to the public. Along with 11 other caves of the Slovak Karst, Ochtinská Aragonite Cave was included on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.