Grotte de Font de Gaume, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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Grotte de Font de Gaume features some of the best examples of France's prehistoric cave paintings outside Lascaux, which is now closed to the public. Discovered by Denis Peyrony in 1901, the paintings date from 17,000 BCE. At least 230 polychrome (colored) figures have been found here. Most depict animals, including 80 bison, 40 horses, and 20 mammoths. The most famous is a frieze of five bison, accidently discovered during a cleaning in 1966. To visit Grotte de Font de Gaume on your holiday in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, and find out what else Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil has to offer, use our Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil itinerary maker.
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  • You must get up early and take a turn at the entrance - we were the first. They do not accept reservations and the quota is limited to protect valuable paintings. It's the only cave with polychrome paintings still open to the public. We will come back and recommend it highly.
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  • Lucky, this is the feeling that we had visiting this cave witness of our history that is in exceptional condition. Unlike Lascaux 2, Lascaux 4, do-de-Gaume is not a replica and the feeling that live you by visiting is full of great emotion and immense respect for artists who painted these places. Came to visit family, which is not easy in these places, especially with children at an early age. Our guide was wonderful to put in trust, an extreme sweetness and erudition without limit, we all could spend an exceptional moment in those places that are home to one of the most precious treasures of humanity!
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  • To see the engravings made by people 16,000 years ago is an awe inspiring experience . The quality of the work, the way in which they use the shapes in the rock to fit their chosen image is so skillfu...  more »