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The town of Kungur and Kungur ice cave

Kungur

Kungur was founded in 1648 on the Sylva river. 90 km (1.5 hrs by car, 2 hrs by train). One of the ancient Ural towns, situated on the main trade road from China and Siberia to the central Russia and Western Europe. During 2 centuries Kungur was a place of lively fairs. Wealthy local merchants were able not only to finance the construction of impressive cathedrals and other communal buildings in the town, but also to acquire property in rather remote places, like tea plantations on the Ceylon island. The town is also known due to its stone-carving factory and stone-engraving college, and to the ice cave. 12 churches.

Kungur

Kungur Ice Cave

On the bank of the Sylva river, within the boundaries of the town. One of the Russia’s biggest carst caves (length of the explored part over 5 km) and the only one in Russia equipped for visits of the unprepared tourists (concrete paths, electrical lamps). During thousands of years underground were dissolving the soft rocks - gypsum, limestone and anhydrite - and formed a system of spacious underground halls, filled with picturesque pieces of rocks. Many stones resemble shapes of animals so precisely, that one hardly believe in their natural origin. Numerous ice columns make the cave extremely beautiful, as well as shining ice crystals, which cover the walls and the ceilings of several grottos. Some of the grottos hide underground lakes. The cave is the most popular tourist sight in the Urals.

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