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Grotte de Lascaux, France

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On the territory of the south-western region of Perigord in France, a unique sight is located, the access to which have only few people. It is the cave of Lascaux. This cave was discovered in 1940 and is characterized by a variety of remarkable rock drawings. The main characteristic of the latter is that their age is from fifteen to seventeen thousand years. Archaeologists believe that their authors may be representatives of Solutrean culture.

Grotte de Lascaux, France The extent of the cave is quite large, the general length of all its corridors is about 250 meters. It is worth mentioning that the cave was opened for free visit ten years after its discovery. A huge number of visitors has contributed to a change in its microclimate and increased humidity. The walls of the cave began to be covered with a special kind of algae, which became the main threat to the destruction of priceless images. French authorities decided to restrict access to a unique cultural site.

The history of the discovery of the strange cave is incredibly interesting. It has been discovered by four local boys. They saw a small hole in the rock, which was broken by a pine fallen from a lightning strike. The boys hurried to the teacher to inform about their discovery. The first explorer of the cave was Henri Breuil, a historian who lived in the city and specialized in prehistory. After numerous researches about 1433 rock drawings were discovered in the cave, which mainly represent animals: bulls, mutton, deer, horses, etc. Next - Scientology Church Storage


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ATM bankomat: 'Caisse d'Epargne Montignac' located in 1.26 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Europcar France' is located in 25 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Carrefour Contact' in 12 km
Supermarket: 'Supermarché Casino' in 1.24 km
Parking: 'Parking Aerodrome Brive Laroche' in 26 km
Apotheek: 'Pharmacie de la Vezere' in 1.37 km
Police station: 'Mairie - police municipale' in 13 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Les Terrasses de Lascaux' in 0.6 km
Railway station: 'Gare de Sarlat' in 20 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Brive - La Roche Airport BVE - in 26 km
 »  Perigueux Bassillac Airport PGX - in 32 km
 »  Roumaniere Airport EGC - in 57 km
 »  Lalbenque Airport ZAO - in 81 km
 »  Bellegarde Airport LIG - in 89 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Grotte de Lascaux

La Table du Terroir

Located in 1 km from Grotte de Lascaux
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Rooms: 22
Rooms here will provide you with a TV and a seating area. Private bathrooms also come with free toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves local food … More: photo, rates and booking
Chambres D'Hôtes L'Oustralac

Located in 4 km from Grotte de Lascaux
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Rooms: 3
The rooms all have a walk-in shower and separate toilets. They also come with a small seating area. In the morning, a continental is served in the … More: photo, rates and booking
Hotel Archambeau

Located in 5 km from Grotte de Lascaux
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Rooms: 16
Chambres d'hôtes Larnaudie

Located in 6 km from Grotte de Lascaux
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Rooms: 3
Featuring exposed beams and wooden furniture, the guest rooms all have a private entrance. Free Wi-Fi is included and the en suite bathrooms are … More: photo, rates and booking

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Pech Merle Cave
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In France you can find one more cave - Pech Merle Cave. Thousand years ago, it was also home for our ancestors. There, on the cave walls, were found the strange pictures of spotty horses. At first, the researchers thought that these animals were made by the primitive …
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Bruniquel Cave
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