The first time we saw pictures from the Eyes of God cave (Prohodna cave) we didn’t even realize it’s located in Bulgaria. Luckily, it is. And the best part: it’s only about an hour drive from Sofia (112km)!
How to get to the “Eyes of God” (Prohodna) Cave?
To our knowledge there is no bus, nor any shuttle service that can take you there, so you will have to use a car. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you can always use a rent-a-car service and we strongly recommend Val & Kar. We have been using their services for over two years already and they never failed us! The car that took us to Prohodna cave this time was this wonderful Renault, which is a magnificent choice for a group of up to 5 people.
Once you get to the sign you see on the picture above, there are additional 300m. to the entrance of the cave. You can park literally in front of it, but we suggest sparing yourself the last 100 meters and walking. It’s an easy walk passing next to a swamp and if you may get stuck if you try driving .
Inside the Eyes of God cave (official name: Prohodna Cave)
Warning! When you are preparing to visit Prohodna cave, make sure you’re wearing comfy, waterproof shoes with a very good grip! It can be muddy and slippery inside and I strongly advise having a second pair of shoes that you can change into upon leaving.
The “Eyes of God” is nothing like a traditional cave. With its extremely tall ceiling it reminds us more of a catholic cathedral which makes you feel like a tiny little piece of this amazing world. Entering is extremely easy and you’ll be mind-blown by the beauty that will surround you right away. Just take a look at these:
The Eyes of God cave is a karst cave with 2 entrances, the second of which is nowadays used for bungee jumps. People say that’s the best place for newbies. If you’re interested, check this site (unfortunately it’s only in Bulgarian, but you can always use a translator like this one).
The jumps are performed on the smaller entrance of the cave and it’s hard to say which one is more beautiful. Take a look:
Inside Prohodna cave
There is definitely something magical about this cave and I can’t describe it with words. It’s without a doubt one of the must-see places in Bulgaria. No wonder so many Hollywood producers choose to include scenes from this particular location. When you enter the cave and take your short walk between the large and the small entrance take a while to admire the incredible works of art which mother nature has engraved in the walls.
When you reach the “Eyes of God” inside Prohodna cave stop and take a second to look at them. Prior to visiting we read quite some blog posts and honestly thought that people were exaggerating when describing the connection (with God) they felt looking up at the “eyes”. After seeing it up close I have to admit they were right. Simply looking up does generate an emotion, the intensity of which can’t (and perhaps shouldn’t) be described with words. And it isn’t just about the beauty:
And last, but not least. As you leave the cave, don’t forget to look up. Here’s why: