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The Demanova Liberty Cave

This long natural system of cavity is situated in the National Nature Reserve Demanovska Valley, in the territory of the Low Tatras National Park, 12 km from the town of Liptovsky Mikulas. It was formed by the river Demanovka.

The cave of Liberty was discovered on 3. August 1921 by the moravian teacher Alois Kral together and by the Adam Misura. A part of the cave was accessible to the public in 1924, but is only from 1933 that the cave has the present appearance. To its inside there are two possible itineraries: the classic itinerary with the length of 1800 m and the exclusive itinerary 300 m longer. During the guided tour the visitors surpass 976 steps. The cave temperature during all of the year is of about 7°C and the humidity is from 92% until 98%. To value of the cave age is about the million of years.

The entrance of the cave is situated, 870 m above sea level, accessible for the visitors to pass trough the winding foothpath with a slight ascent. The first steps of the visitors lead inside the cave to the underground room called the Deep House, where lies a very attractive formation called "eternal rain". The lowest point of the cave is Razcestie (Crossroads), is situated 804 m above sea level and where the three underground corridors meet themselves. The attention is attracted also by the largest underground space accessible in Slovakia, called the Large House with a height 65 m and a total length of 112 m.

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