Batty tales of Bulgaria’s Devetashka Cave and Krushuna waterfalls

It took a wretched combination of the communist mindset and the military mind to look on Bulgaria’s Devetashka Cave, the magnificence of which includes a cave antechamber that is the largest in Europe, and to build fuel storage tanks inside it.

But that is just what happened in the 1950s, when the communist regime was in its first decade in power. Not only were six fuel storage tanks constructed in the cave, but a railway was built towards the cave entrance.

The remnants of the foundations of the fuel tanks on the cave floor
Krushuna waterfalls

(All photos: (c) Clive Leviev-Sawyer and Joana Levieva-Sawyer)

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Clive Leviev-Sawyer

Clive Leviev-Sawyer is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Sofia Globe. He is the author of the book Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century (Riva Publishers, 2015), and co-author of the book Bulgarian Jews: Living History (The Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria 'Shalom', 2018). He is also the author of Power: A Political Novel, available via, and, on the lighter side, Whiskers And Other Short Tales of Cats (2021), also available via Amazon. He has translated books and numerous texts from Bulgarian into English.