One of the most famous natural attractions in the Czech Republic is the Macocha Abyss. It is located in the southeast of the Czech Republic, in the Moravian Karst (Moravský kras). It is the largest natural gulf, not only in the Czech Republic but also in Central and Eastern Europe. Its depth of about 138 meters, width of the top 76 meters long and 174 meters.
Chasm formed naturally when the ceiling of the cave as a result of a huge erosion Toli toli weak earthquake broke down and collapsed. At the bottom of the abyss runs creek - Punkva (Punkva), which feeds two small lakes.
According to legend, the name of the chasm appeared in the 17th century. Stepmother took a dislike to her son from her husband's former wife and one day, with the boy went on berries. Climbed away from the village and approached the precipice. At this point, her stepmother came to a head and a scary thought, seizing the moment she pushed the child into the abyss and ran into the woods. But the further away from the abyss, the more I realized what he had done, as invisible, but her feet again carried to the abyss. Tortured conscience stepmother decided to do away with the pangs simplest way - jumped down. At that time my father came back, began to look for his wife and son. From the neighbors found out that they went on berries, eventually came to the precipice and lo and behold, he saw his son hanging on the branches of a tree deep down and cries. Ran back to the village for the ropes and help and save his son. Then it turned out that his stepmother pushed the boy miraculously escaped. Since then, the abyss called Macocha or Russian stepmother.