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The Grotte Chauvet

The Grotte Chauvet, history of humanity

Close to the Pont d'Arc is the priceless Grotte Chauvet, the oldest discovered decorated cave in the world! It was discovered in 1994 by three French speleologists amongst whom Jean-Marie Chauvet whose name would be given to this tremendous discovery. This cave is decorated with hundreds of paintings and engravings of over 36 000 years old and is unique and of extraordinary value for the world’s humanity. . It therefore has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2014..

The Caverne du Pont d'Arc, the little sister

Because of the extreme rarity of the Grotte Chauvet, this discovery has been closed to the public immediately after its discovery in order to protect and preserve its fabulous treasures. However, as it is important to show the entire world the beautiful artworks of this cave, a huge reconstruction named the Caverne du Pont d'Arc has been built only a few kilometres away from the original cave and from La Roubine, offering incredible copies of the paintings and engravings in a majestic and impressive environment.

The lions fresco

A breath-taking reconstruction

Scientifics, researchers, engineers and artists have accomplished a unique task. They have reconstructed the original cave: the Caverne du Pont d’Arc. This way the collection of engravings and paintings not only has become visible to the entire world but it also provokes the same emotion the discoverers have felt over 20 years ago.

Your visit of the Caverne du Pont d'Arc

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