Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, Saint-Nectaire

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View majestic natural sculptures at Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, a cave system crafted by the forces of water, volcanic activity, and stone. Prepare to be astonished by the unique subterranean environment of the strange underground world. The caverns are rich in limestone that shapes to the movement of water and springs that are up to 52 C (125.6 F). Watch Fontaine Pétrifiante (Petrifying Fountain) waterfall that drops 14 meters (46 feet). On the Fontaines Petrifiantes grounds, The Papon family invites you to their one-of-a-kind workshop to witness the Gutta-Percha process for molding that they have used to create their otherworldly arts since 1821. Our Saint-Nectaire holiday planner makes visiting Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire and other Saint-Nectaire attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • I realise there isn't much more they could show you but this is basically three rooms and a tunnel which in my opinion wasn't worth the money. English guidebooks are provided and the staff speak Engli...  more »
  • Once again one can even take dogs :-) fascinating tour of a stunning production. Nature rocks - literally :-)  more »
  • Excellent place to visit and learn about the calcification process within. Lovely small town although has enjoyed a better pas. Some great cafe's on the main street and the cheese is fantastic  more »
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  • Magnificent achievements for their beauty than their finesse. The professionalism, and unique crafts. A must see.
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  • Very interesting, pleasant atmosphere and typical Auvergne! A video at the beginning for good explain the phenomenon, very clear explanations on panels (or by a guide during the season). The person at the reception is very friendly and knows customer loyalty. Very beautiful works of art to admire or buy. The entrance fee is quite reasonable, and that of the works of art is not surprising given the complexity of this craft. I especially like the Auvergne and historical scenes. Must see, come back with children and friends!
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  • The tour is very interesting, we learn some nice anecdotes! On the other hand the missing star comes from the fact that € 6/person seems slightly excessive (although I understand that we should pay employees and maintenance, etc..) I recommend the place if you make a short trip to St Nectaire!
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  • A very nice visit to do if we're around saint nectaire. We learn throughout the visit the manufacturing process which does not date from today to finish on la.boutique or you can buy the products. Attention the price can sometimes make bad for some very nice pieces.
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  • See welcoming on arrival. Informative, but small! that's taking its time for all to visit. beautiful waterfall on 3 floors (overlay on molding and petrification. Cornadore means reservoir of water) the Cornadore caves have been rediscovered in the early nineteenth century. Two hot springs, about 22 ° C, and mineralized provide waters rich in carbon dioxide, calcium, magnesium, sodium and iron. Deposited calcium carbonate forms concretions, stalactites and stalagmites. These limestone sources, today, craft activities: overlay on molding and petrification. Free parking
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