Photographer captures unseen underwater world of caves that lie directly beneath Budapest

A photographer has captured the incredible and unseen underwater world of caves that lie directly beneath Budapest.

Believed to stretch 100 metres deep and more than three kilometres, Molnár János cave lies untouched, an impressive spectacle few have seen.

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Formed from the tectonic plate movement that have caused long underground passages to run directly beneath the city of Budapest, Hungary.

This has also heated the water to a surprisingly warm temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, due to cracks caused by tectonic movement giving it a closer proximity to the earth’s core.

Tobias Friedrich, 36, from Wiesbaden, Germany, visit the site last year but shares the images and footage now to show the impressive formation under houses, cathedral stone and more.

The award-winning underwater photographer believes it to be one of the best diving locations in Europe.

Tobias said: “Budapest has one of the largest cave systems underneath the city, the thermal baths of the metropolis derive from the city.

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“It’s just weird to drive through a huge city and to finally dive in the very middle of it.

“First of all it is the warm water, 28°C at the surface and 20°C from ten meters down, what you usually don’t find in any cave – usually the waters are very cold.

“Then the cave is just stunning, in very clear water you dive down in the pitch black and only your torch lights up parts of the cave.

“Nothing reminds me of this cave as the look and the surroundings are very special.

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“The world in the cave is a dark world, only where lamps throw their light, sharp-edged rocks can be recognized that have created these unique formations for thousands of years.

“Around every corner it looks the same and yet not again, there are fine differences in the sediment and completely different structures, to which the divers meet.

“Church tower-high cathedrals of stone and rock, whose true height can only be recognized for a fraction of a second, in which the flash of the underwater camera reveals the true depth.

“Deep columns indicate the history and origin of this cave: “Budapest lies on a tectonic plate gap, which has created the long, underground passages where the water is heated by the proximity to the earth core to the high temperature.

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Only one diving company has been permitted access by the government to take divers on tours to the impressive site.

Tobias said he was impressed with the safety regulations carried out by the company.

He added: “The entrance to the cave is in immediate vicinity of the Lukáz thermal bath.

“No sign, no advertising, just an old sliding gate, behind small gravel court parking, is located is one of the most incredible diving areas in Europe.

“I liked the professional attitude of the dive center, they build up everything very nicely and provided a perfect platform for the divers.”

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To follow his work visit: www.below-surface.com