The Talovskie Bowls are huge natural figures in the form of oval shaped vessels and covered inside with the rare mineral birnessite.
The bowls are located 32 kilometers to the south of Tomsk in the Berezovaya river head in the vicinity of Basandayka village on a small overgrown meadow. Despite their remoteness, the Talovskie Bowls are very popular among tourists.
Some archaeologists and historians claim that these Talovskie bowls were the prototype for the legend of the Holy Grail. Allegedly the ancient Visigoths, during their migration from east to west, kept the memory of this ancient natural wonder, which was reflected in the story of King Arthur.
In total four large and three small bowls are known. Mineral water constantly flows inside them and spills out. Therefore the bowls are gradually growing. Salt and minerals dry and build up on the bowls making them larger. Locals believe that the water is medicinal and is good for curing skin and eye diseases, as well as gastrointestinal diseases. Even in winter the water does not freeze and keeps flowing through numerous streams on and under ground.
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