Heaven’s Gaze: Bulgaria’s Eerie “Eyes of God”


All eyes are focused on ecotourism in Bulgaria but visitors to the Geological Park Iskar-Panega should watch out: The Eyes of God are looking right back!




Geological Park Iskar-Panega is a UNESCO-run Geopark in Northern Bulgaria. Located 3 km (almost 2 miles) south of the town of Lukovit, the park is a showcase of unusual eroded limestone caves, cliffs and canyons known as “karst”.



At 365-metres, the Prohodna cave near the village of Karlukovo is the longest such geological feature in both the Geological Park Iskar-Panega and in the country of Bulgaria as a hole… er, whole. Not that size matters: the main attraction in this case is an amazing natural phenomenon known as “The Eyes of God”, most easily viewed inside the cave near its larger main entrance.


From an onlooker’s point of view, the two huge elongated holes in the cave’s ceiling allow sunlight (or moonlight, for braver types) to illuminate the interior of the cave and as the holes are MUCH larger than actual human eyes, they’ve been know from time immemorial as “The Eyes of God”.