The Grotte Chauvet

The Grotte Chauvet, histoire des siècles

Close by the majestic Pont d'Arc you find the precious Grotte Chauvet, with the oldest cave paintings in the world! They were discovered in 1994 by 3 French speleologists. One of them called Jean Marie Chauvet. The caves , with un unthinkable value, are named after him. Exceptional, these caves with hunderds of paintings and engravings of over 36.000 years old. In 2014 the site was added to world heritage list UNESCO.

The Caverne du Pont d'Arc, small sister

Because of the importance of the unique paintings and engravings discovered in the caves, they where closed nearly instantly to protect this treasure. To make it possible all the world can admire this unique collection of paintings and engravings, the caves had been closed for public immediatly to protect and prevent it. But to make sure all the world can admire this treasure, it had been copied and reconstructed, only some kilometers away from the campsite. The copies are indistinguishable from the orginal and are situated in a beautiful, naturel environment.

The lion frescos

An amazing reconstruction

Scientists, engineers and artists have created an oustanding project. They rebuild a copie of the caves: The Caverne du Pont d'Arc, and by doning so, they have allowed people from all over the world, to see this extra ordinary collection of drawings and engravings, 20 years after the caves were discovered.

Visiting the Caverne du Pont d'Arc

Plan your visit on forehand, reservation is required via the official site.


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