SPELEON - Centre of subterranean heritage

The Centre of Subterranean Heritage ‘Speleon’ is a project aimed at constructing a visitor centre where visitors will be able to learn about natural heritage, with a focus on the speleological sites in the Rakovica area within the Cultural Landscape of Barać Caves and those included in the Natura 2000 network.

One of the project’s main objectives is to build awareness of the need to preserve nature and the importance of sustainable interaction between people and nature, which will be done through educational activities and using multimedia technology. The establishment of the Barać Caves visitor centre is an opportunity to develop the area more comprehensively as well as to add new value to the site of Barać Caves as one of Lika region’s unexplored gems.

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In a circular building of 1200m² there will be a multimedia hall, a permanent exhibition, a children’s play area, a speleological library, a depot, offices, atrium as well as a refreshments’ area and a souvenir shop. The project will also involve infrastructural improvements. The centre will aim to provide a unique, innovative, and captivating presentation of the site’s cultural and natural values to all visitors, including those with special needs. The permanent exhibition will include state-of-the-art multimedia interpretational technology including various scale models and replicas, LCD screens, smartglass, animation, multitouch screens, sensory chambers and an atrium with hyperrealistic animal models.

The expected project completion time is 31 January 2023.

General project information

NAME: Promoting the sustainable development of the Protected Landscape of Barać Caves
FUND: Competitiveness and Cohesion, code: KK.
VALUE: HRK 19,908,960.00 + VAT


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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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Our objective is to promote a sustainable utilisation of natural heritage of the Significant Landscape of Barać Caves, and thereby to contribute to a sustainable social and economic development of the Municipality of Rakovica and the Karlovac County


Our mission is to attract more visitors to the Significant Landscape of Barać Caves and to build public awareness of the importance of cultural and natural heritage


Our vision is to become a unique, appealing, and recognisable tourist destination

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.