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WITH 13 accessible and dozens of inaccessible cave systems, Slovakia possesses some of the world's greatest underground realms.
The abbot of Jasovský Abbey, 25 kilometres from Košice, made the Jasovská cave accessible to the public in 1846.
The labyrinth was known about much earlier though.
The victory of the Husit army over the Hunyadys noblemen at Lučenec was recorded on a wall of the cave in 1452.
Later, spelunkers like these in this postcard from 1924 discovered new areas within the cave. Electric lights were installed.
In the World War II hundreds of people used the cave for shelter during bombing raids.
By Branislav Chovan,
Special to the Spectator
14. Feb 2005 at 0:00