‘Promoting the sustainable development of the Significant Landscape of Barać Caves’

In general

Invitation: Promoting the sustainable development of natural heritage

Implementation period: 15 December 2016 – 31 January 2023

Developer: Barać Caves – public institution managing the protected environment in the Municipality of Rakovica

Partner: Public Institution of the Plitvice Lakes National Park


Fund: Competitiveness and Cohesion, code: KK.

Value: HRK 19.908.960,00 + VAT

EU grant: HRK 16.922.616,00 (aid intensity: 85%)

Partner’s share: 15%

Project team

Manager: Tihana Oštrina, Javna ustanova Baraćeve špilje

Implementing authority: Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFCA)

External expert civil engineer – Ivan Vozila

External expert – public procurement: Ines Prgin

External expert – EU accounting: Đurđica Ćušić

External expert – audit: Sanda Bižić

External expert – palaeontology: Kazimir Miculinić

External expert – archaeology: Krešimir Raguž

External expert – speleology: Hrvoje Cvitanović

External expert – geology: Neven Bočić

Brief description of the project

The project ‘Promoting the sustainable development of the Protected Landscape of Barać Caves’ under the 2014–2020 ‘Competitiveness and Cohesion’ operational programme aims to establish a visitor centre where visitors will be able to learn about the natural and cultural values of the Protected Landscape of Barać Caves, which will encourage a more comprehensive development of the Rakovica area and add new value to the site of Barać Caves. The project funds will be used for activities including the construction of the visitor centre, its indoor and outdoor equipment, preparation of an Action plan for visitor management, carrying out a study aimed at developing joint programmes for the visitors of Barać Caves and the Plitivice Lakes National Park, as well as for funding educational and interpretational content and promoting the institution’s visibility.

Project objectives

Improving the infrastructure for visitors

Providing a unique, innovative, and captivating presentation of the cultural and natural values of the Barać Caves area to all visitors, including those with special needs

Building contemporary infrastructure suitable for holding various educational and recreational activities, thus creating added values

Using contemporary technology in order to create an experience and offer an interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage

Encouraging an interest in culture and the nature among the local population and visitors

Developing awareness of the need to preserve the natural world and the importance of sustainable interaction between people and nature

Introduction to the project

The visitors of the Centre of Subterranean Heritage ‘Speleon’ will have the opportunity to learn about the site’s natural characteristics. One of the project’s main objectives is to build awareness of the need to preserve the natural world and the importance of sustainable interaction between people and nature.

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Centre interior

The building of the Centre of Subterranean Heritage ‘Speleon’ will extend over 1200 m², out of which 850 m² will be used as a space for a permanent exhibition presenting the site’s natural and cultural heritage from four points of view – speleological, geological, archaeological and palaeontological.


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Scientific foundation

The concept of the visitor centre is based on the scientific foundation that combines four disciplines – speleology, geology, archaeology and palaeontology. The artwork and architecture have been adapted to this scientific foundation.


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The website design was partly funded from the EU Competitiveness and Cohesion Fund. The website content is the exclusive responsibility of the Barać Caves Public Institution.

Strukturni fondovi

Operativni program konkurentnost i kohezija 2014.-2020.