Izvorul Bigăr

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Izvorul Bigăr
Bigar Waterfall
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Bigăr Waterfall
Map showing the location of Izvorul Bigăr
Map showing the location of Izvorul Bigăr
Location within Romania
LocationActual Caras-Severin county CoA.png Caraș-Severin County
Nearest cityAnina
Coordinates45°00′12″N 21°57′35″E / 45.003389°N 21.959703°E / 45.003389; 21.959703[1]Coordinates: 45°00′12″N 21°57′35″E / 45.003389°N 21.959703°E / 45.003389; 21.959703[1]
Area176.60 hectares (436.4 acres)[2]
Established2000, designation 1982

Izvorul Bigăr (English: Bigar Spring, but more commonly known as Bigar Waterfall) is a protected area (nature reserve IUCN category IV) situated in the administrative territory of Bozovici, in Caraș-Severin County in southwestern Romania.


The Izvorul Bigăr is located at the south-west limit of the country, in the south of the Anina Mountains (a group of mountains included in the Banat Mountains), in Caraș-Severin County, on the upper Anina River, in the Cheile Nerei-Beușnița National Park.[3]


Izbucul Bigăr with an area of 175.60 ha[4] was declared a natural protected area by the Law Number.5 of March 6, 2000 (published in Romanian Official Paper Number.152 on April 12, 2000).[5]

Bigăr is one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world and one of the most beautiful in Romania. According to The World Geography,[6] there are a number of facts that place her as number one on the list of eight unique waterfalls around the world due to the way the water spreads and falls in tiny shreds of water, and also the fact that it is located exactly on the 45th parallel north, at the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ eunis.eea.europa.eu - Izvorul Bigar, location within Romania; retrieved on August 27, 2013
  2. ^ (in Romanian)apmcs.anpm.ro - Regional Environmental Protection Agenty Caraţ-Severin; retrieved on August 27, 2013
  3. ^ protectedplanet.net - Izvorul Bigar, protected area; retrieved on August 27, 2013
  4. ^ (in Romanian) apmcs.anpm.ro - Environmental Protection Agenty Caraş-Severin; retrieved on August 27, 2013
  5. ^ (in Romanian) cdep.ro - Law No.5 of March 6, 2000; retrieved on August 27, 2013
  6. ^ The World Geography, "8 Unique Waterfalls Around the World "