Natural Monument “Pavlova” Cave


134,000 m2


Trebinje Town Hall



It was first declared as a protected area at the time of Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1957. The government of Republika Srpska confirmed its present status in 2013.


Nature monument– III


The Cave is located at Doli Hill some six kilometers away from Trebinje. The National Institute for Cultural Heritage Protection and Natural Rarities in Sarajevo granted protected status to the Cave in 1957 under the name “Cave in Doli”. It has one spacious tunnel which is on several locations decorated with massive cave formations ending in a large hall. According to a legend, St. Paul resided in the cave which led visitors to pay extreme care to the cavern to keep it intact. What is especially important is that it is the only speleological facility in Republika Srpska that’s occasionally used for sacral purposes.

Current State

The path to the cave is marked. There is a signpost, but there’s no gate at the cave’s entrance.


Scientific research, agricultural production in individual households, site rehabilitation after decommissioning; raising native deciduous species along with the preservation of native vegetation, road maintenance, keeping the existing road infrastructure and possibly paving only those roads that might lead to a planned parking lot that could connect the settlement and the current special purpose location in accordance with a planning ordinance or some other official document, street lighting in urban areas which can have exclusively landscape character.


Commercial exploitation of mineral and non-mineral raw materials, primary processing and pre-concentration of raw materials depositing of primary gangue and secondary tailings, as well as communal, industrial and other rubbish or the leftover soil from excavation at a protected area; the construction of industrial, hydrotechnical, infrastructural and other facilities which might degrade the quality of the soil, waters, air, plant and living species environment, and the landscape’s beauty, cultural heritage and its surroundings; to change the area’s land use designation, except for changes specified in the Manager’s program documents, the construction of agricultural homesteads’ facilities outside existing construction plots, to collect fossil samples from geological profiles, destruction of forest complexes or divvying them up , ploughing of natural fields and pastures, planting, it is further prohibited to intentionally transplant or plant wild plants that are not native to the area’s wildlife, except in the case of erosion or landslide prevention; collecting, use and destruction of all types of wild plants and animal species.

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