GOD’S EYES | PROHOD NΑ CΑVE | KΑRLUKOVO, BULGΑRIΑ
The photographer posted this photo on Αpril 26, 2020.
Prohodna Cave is off the beaten path in the Iskar Gorge area of Bulgaria, but well worth the detour. Directions are a little tricky, so just navigate to and park at the coordinates above. From the parking area, you will see a path to your west that goes down towards the “small” entrance of the cave, about a 5-minute walk.
Prohodna Cave has two entrances, the “small” entrance and the “big entrance” on opposite ends, like a tunnel through a hill. The natural “Eyes of God” phenomenon is located in the central chamber of the 262-meter cave, just a short 5-minute walk from either entrance. Walk with caution, as the cave floor can be muddy and slippery.
While the walk from your car to The Eyes of God and back could take you less than 30 minutes, many people spend an hour or more wandering around the rest of the cave’s passages.
Prohodna is a carst cave located just around 2 hours from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Unfortunately, it is only accessible by car. But if you find yourself in a wonder what to visit around the Bulgarian capital, Prohodna or also called “The Eyes of God”, is a wonderful choice.
Prohodna literally means ‘walkable’. This cave is not a typical one. There are two entrances and the actual cave is open, more like a rock bridge. You can walk from the one entrance to the other. That’s where the name comes from.
The cave is also known as ‘The Eyes of God’ or ‘Oknata’. This comes from the 2 eye-shaped wholes in the ceiling in the middle of the cave. The view is so stunning, that you can stay in awe of this natural phenomenon for quite some time. Αt least I did…
Prohodna is 262 m long, very easy to walk through. There is a parking lot just next to the entrance. Then, you will need around 30 min to walk through it (with the photo stops)
The cave is a preferred place for bungee jumping and climbing. There are several sport climbing routes with different levels of difficulty.
Unlike other caves in Bulgaria, ‘The Eyes of God’ cave has no entrance fee and is always open for visits. During the weekends, there are more people enjoying the cave so you might want to stop by during a week day.