Thematic Route: Caves Route
Name of Touristic Attraction: Epuran cave
Location: in Cireșu commune, Mehedinți county. The cave is located near the county road (DJ607B) connecting Marga and Bunoaica.
Description: It is a protected area of national interest, located near the Natural Reserve Canyon of Topolnita. The Epuran Cave is actually the northern part of the Topolnita Cave. A natural speleological reservation, Epuran Cave is located in the north-western part of Mehedinţi County, along Cireşu Commune and the south-eastern part of the Jupaneşti Village, in Mehedinţi Plateau, 30 km northeast from Drobeta Turnu Severin. Declared protected area, Epuran Cave covers a surface of 1 ha and it is 3 km long. It is a cave consisting of galleries and halls, situated on the slope of the Ponoraț stream. The cave was formed on two levels, one of which was active, consisting of straight and descending galleries, wells, a superior level with multiple halls (Nordic Hall, Bear Hall, Falling Hall) and even a 10 m long siphon. This level also contains galleries such as: Strait of Hope, Great Ramonage, Sludge Plate Gallery, and Gallery of Treasures. The cave is of real interest to speleologists because of various concretions such as stalactites, stalagmites, stilolites, canopy, canvases, curtains, calcareous columns and fossil fauna such as skeletons of ursus spelaeus, discovered here.
Legend / Story / Impressions / Recommendations:
In 1962, C. Nicolaescu-Plopsor discovered the cave during some archaeological excavations, executed at the base of a limestone wall near the village of Jupâneşti. So there is the opening of a small mouth of the cave. D.Staicu from Jupâneşti enters here and exploits about 200 m of galleries. In 1966 the first map of the cave appears, accompanied by a detailed description of it, published by Fr. Thomas, L. Munthiu and C. Ghim-bass. The lower floor was only discovered in 1973 by a team belonging to the Institute of Speleology in Bucharest, when they managed to exploit over 1300 m of galleries, unknown until then.
Tourists who want to explore the cave need special equipment and specific technical training, as some passages require climbing.
Information and Contact:
The cave is managed by Mehedinti Geoparc Plateau:
phone/ fax: +4 0372 521 116,
Route closed to other thematic routes:
In the commune you can also visit:
- Dacian iron-processing furnaces
- Dacian lime processing furnaces
- The Natural Formation Cocoșul de Munte
- Ethnographic Center in Ciresu
In the area you can also visit:
- The sulphurous Valleys of Morii springs
- Sfodea cave
- Topolnita river
Other useful information
The nearest accommodation is about 15 km, in Baile Herculane, Caraş-Severin County.
GPS coordinates: 44°49′57″N 22°34′27″E