“The Women Cavern” is to be found hollowed out inside the depths of the calcareous massif within the limits of the village of Baia de Fier (The Iron Bath) (the Gorj County) close to the Galbenul (the Yellow River) at an altitude of 700 m. This natural monument is made up of “original adornments” (calcareous concretions) which bring fantasy and magnificence to the cavern. “The Women Cavern” is a jewel of stone, gracefully shaped by the force of the mountain waters. The cavern is known under this name because it was used as a hiding place by women, children and old persons while the men made war in order to defend their homes.
In this cavern there can be seen impressive forms of the karst relief : the Small Basins, the Organ, made of the union of stalagmites and stalactites and the Small Dome, a kind of a strange castle. It follows the Sanctuary, showing column-shaped stalagmites in close nearness, the Sanctuary Dome reminding of a fantastic cathedral where the stalagmites seem to be climbing up endless steps, the Pulpit, the Falls Turned Into Stone which are only accessible on one's knees, the Turkish Hall, the Small Chandeliers and the Big Dome. The Turkish Hall houses a sort of “Santa Claus” in front of which there appears the Odalisque, a female nude on which a huge bird of prey seems to be moving down from the ceiling, the beck threateningly open. After this there succeeds a room named 'the Stone Lace” and then the Hall of Marvels. The length of the walk throughout the cavern is of about 1100 meters.
This site is particularly interesting; it is worth being seen.
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