The Pazin Abyss

The Pazin Abyss or the abyss of the Pazinčica river, the longest Istrian subterranean river, is located in central Istria. A well-known Pazin Castle was built above it. Hydrogeologically, the pit is the abyss created at the border of a waterproof bed of the Pazinčica basin and waterproof limestone forming entire south-west Istria. Pazinčica used to flow above the ground, passing Bermo and Dvigrad all the way to the coast and forming the Lim Bay.

The Pazin Abyss is protected by law and declared important landscape. It encompasses the canyon and the Pazinčica abyss which is about 500 m long and about 100 m deep. The subterranean part of the Pazin Abyss is 270 meters long. The first speleological excavations started in the late 19th century, when Frech speleologist Alfred Martel made the first layout. During the 1960s, Mirko Malet designed a detailed one.

The entrance into the Abyss is under almost 200 meter high vertical rock which holds the present day houses of Pazin. It is entered through a high and wide semi-circular arched cave. The subterranean canal stretches further south-west, goes narrow and wide, and finally creates a long and final hall with a siphon lake also known as the Martel Lake. It connects by a siphon with the next in line Mitro's lake, a visible but unexplored extension.

The unusual play of nature inspired Jules Verne to take the characters of his Mathias Sandorf novel through the mysterious Pazin Abyss. It has also inspired other writers as well, including Nazor and Dante.

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Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.