It lies on the southeast hillsides between two plateaus Upper Hill (Dolný vrch) and Lower Hill (Horný vrch) in the Turňa Stream valley at an elevation of 216 m.
POINTS OF INTEREST
- the Pigeon´s Rock (Holubia skala)
- The Hrhovský waterfall (Hrhovský vodopád)
- The Hrhovské ponds (Hrhovské rybníky)
- Veľký Paklan
- Chasm-like cave Devil´s pit (Čertova diera) (176 m)
- Freshwater limestone, travertine (Hrhov tuff – darázskő) used for most of the structures – cellars, fences, supporting walls, as well as some houses in the village
The village originated in an old royal settlement including a farm yard for storing tax contributions of the Turňa estate. The inhabitants were occupied with sheep-farming, agriculture, fruit-growing and viniculture.
WATERFALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE VILLAGE
A waterfall was formed by a spring that has got several names Fej, the Spring of Hrhov (Hrhovská vyvieračka) or the Big Head (Veľká hlava). Its spring-discharge belongs to the heaviest ones in the entire Slovak Karst (Slovenský kras). During 5000 years of its activity, it created 16 m high travertine sediments that is the highest point of the waterfall. The waterfall is the largest one in the Slovak Karst National Park (Národný park Slovenský kras). The waterfall is an extraordinary one due to its location – right in the village of Hrhov between two houses. Travertine was extracted here in the past and used as building material.
HRHOV PONDS – A PARADISE OF BIRDS
The ponds were built by people at the area of former large marshlands. The ponds´ depth reaches about 2 m. They belong amongst the largest ponds at the area of the Slovak Republic as well as the most significant bird territories in Slovakia. There are around 120 protected species of birds living and nesting here and it is a habitat of amphibians, mammals, insects and reptiles such as various species of grass snakes. The ponds are currently used mainly for carp farming however they also offer recreation opportunities. A dike between two ponds with a reinforced footpath is a suitable place for a walk and bird-watching.
THE DEVIL´S PIT (ČERTOVA DIERA)
Devil´s Pit is a gravity caused cave with a depth of 186 m. It is a significant vertical cave located in the upper part of the Nature Reserve, the Zádielská Gorge (Zádielská tiesňava), at the south hillside of the plateau the Upper Hill (Horný vrch).
A VIEW ALMOST AS FAR AS THE END OF THE WORLD
The 266,6 m high hill Big Paklan (Veľký Paklan) is situated to the west of the ponds, under the Massif of the plateau the Lower Hill (Dolný vrch). It is impossible not to notice it or to confuse it with any other hills, because it stands there as if it grew up straight off the ground. It is easy to climb on the top of it, opening a view on all sides, on all the surrounding dominant features – The Pigeon´s Rock (Holubia skala), the Hrhovské ponds, the Turňa Castle, the Zádielská Gorge (Zádielská tiesňava) or Soroška the mountain pass.
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