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This freely accessible small karst cave is also a natural monument in the Považský Inovec mountain range in the Inovecké predhorie subunit. It is located in the cadastral territory of the village Radošina, district Topoľčany in the Nitra region. The cave is accessible to visitors in order to recover and learn about its natural and historical values. The oldest signs of cave settlement in Slovakia were found in it.

Devil's furnace

This freely accessible small karst cave is also a natural monument in the Považský Inovec mountain range in the Inovecké predhorie subunit. It is located in the cadastral territory of the village Radošina, district Topoľčany in the Nitra region. The cave is accessible to visitors in order to recover and learn about its natural and historical values. The oldest signs of cave settlement in Slovakia were found in it.

Devil's Furnace is a cave created by the beauty of dolomitic limestone.

It is 27 meters long and passable on both sides. It is a rare archaeological and paleontological site with evidence of multiple Paleolithic, Hallstatt settlement.

There is a rest house of the same name by the cave. At the motorway there are also animals such as. piglets and a smaller playground.

Access is via a marked sidewalk 3 minutes from the motorway on the road between Piešťany and Radošina. Admission is free.

Archaeological finds

Cave settlement of hunters in the early Stone Age

The research revealed a multi-layered settlement. The oldest of the last interglacial is represented by the Muster culture from the Middle Paleolithic, when it was inhabited by a Neanderthal man. It is the oldest known cave settlement in our country. This was followed by the settlement of the Szeletien culture from the Late Paleolithic. The chipped and retouched stone finds and snails from this locality can be connected with the finds from the Black Sea area.

View from inside the cave

It belongs to the tunnel-like caves and is passable on both sides. Its western gate-like portal, surrounded by bulbous protrusions, opens in an approximately 12 m high limestone cliff. Its width is 4.5 m and height 5.3 m. The cave is crossed by several tectonic cracks. It is 27 m long, on average 6 m wide and its maximum height is 4.6 m. Towards the eastern entrance, the height of the cave decreases. The interior is illuminated by a window opening on the north side. It was created by karsting dolomitic limestone at the formerly higher erosive base of Malý jarek, so it is of stream origin. It is a rare archaeological and paleontological site with evidence of multiple Paleolithic, Hallstatt settlement.

Additional information

Transport: By foot, By bike, By car, By train, By bus
Parking: Free parking nearby

Accepted payments: Cash
Languages: Slovak

Suitable for: Childrens, Families with childrens, Elderly, Handicapped, Cyclists, Young, Adults
Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Updated on: 18.3.2020
Source: S deťmi.com

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Devil's furnace
Pohorie Považský Inovec (pri obci Radošina)
956 05  Radošina
Region: Nitriansky
District: Topoľčany
Area: Ponitrie
 48.560429, 17.915314

Pohorie Považský Inovec (pri obci Radošina)
956 05  Radošina

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