Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, Saint-Nectaire

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Geologic Formation
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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  • If initially we were looking especially an activity out of the rain, we were pleasantly surprised by this little visit. She has more to the young and old alike (via a teenager..)
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  • Provide 45 minutes of visit, indeed not very expensive €6. A beautiful story of family, a development based on generations. Do not hesitate to ask your question at the end of the visit, we met a young, passionate woman. We recommend this little visit.
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  • Good visit, not excessive (€6), very informative but a little short (45 min). In addition some works are for sale at the exit. To do.
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  • Visit well to do in rainy weather. Very well in explanations and very interesting site, this isn't a classic cave! We liked and our children (6 years and 10 years). Souvenir shop, mini €15 the small statuette, but we understand the rates when you know all the complexity, the know-how and the time required to achieve such objects. ..
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  • Atypical place. The tour begins with a video. Then a guide made the visit. The temperature in the cave is high (25 or 30 ° C). No need to cover, unless you're afraid of receiving a few drops of water in the neck. The site tries to offer more modern than the classical reliefs sculptures. The new modern chandeliers in preparation are superb. A few markets. Feasible in a stroller but more comfortable in the baby carrier.
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  • A visit to this place, unique in the world, did not disappoint. We expected the usual source with the usual limestone formations and instead ... We were traveling in Auvergne (a beautiful part of France) and, just by chance, we visited this place of which we knew nothing about but which proved to be very interesting.
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  • Go on the run! Tour of 20 minutes do not expect to read the explanatory panels (must sell and get the next). Short very disappointed not by the site but by the side no load of the visit. Method of achieving surprising however, where my frustration (the lens seems to bring you more quickly to the store).
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  • Informative tour on a surprising craft making the link between human technology and the wealth of nature. Beautiful design and warm welcome.
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