Les Grottes Petrifiantes, Savonnieres

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#4 of 8 in Nature in Centre-Val de Loire
Geologic Formation Cave
You can walk through the two caves at Les Grottes Petrifiantes that were mostly formed during the Middle Ages. The stone (tuffeau) was quarried to build a nearby château. Romans were present in the caves as evidenced by the discovery of their pottery, manual mills, and a graveyard with seven gravestones remaining. Centuries later, the caves flooded with water, slowly creating new passages. Objects placed under the grottoes' springs for six months to a year get covered in limestone, creating a petrified appearance. Plan your visit to Les Grottes Petrifiantes and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Savonnieres travel itinerary maker.
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  • This visit was really disappointing! First we have to wait for the visit and nothing is done to distract us while waiting. Then we visited two caves. Sometimes you will have the same guide, if not, in...  more »
  • A bit skeptical in view of some comments (kitsch, authentic Italian...) which are frankly not justified: indeed, there are dinosaurs that have nothing to do with the caves, but the guide will be just 5 seconds (and that's all!) to explain that they are exposed only by passion of the owner. As for the exhibits, it is quite unusual but understandably may be more concretely the petrification process. There are good examples of "natural" petrification throughout the visit. The visit is designed to appeal to children as to adults. Of the rest, it explains well the discovery and history of the caves, quarries, mining of tufa... which will make it even more interesting visits to the castles of the Loire, mainly built with of tufa. I recommend this very interesting tour.
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  • 2 small caves which may be a discovery for those who do not respect most majestic places. This change of the castles.'. '.
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  • A little bit expensive for what it was. But it was an interesting hour. Even though the guide could speak English she only spoke French in the caves and it was difficult to read the guide in the dark. The wine tasting was cute but it was a bit slippery. . So wear good shoes. Also it is 14 degrees so take a jumper for the kids.
  • A bit of a waste of time and too expensive for what it is.They cattled us through the caves to see objects being calcified by water. I would only do it if you have too much money to spend and have seen absolutely every castle in the valley.
  • It is interesting, what you all can produce sintered hard-water. Toys, dishes, wax models up to a fossilized Fox is valuable to see but also curiosities. All exhibits must be turned regularly so they don't bake together. The Grotto is run like a factory. In the second cave, wine can be sampled in "cool" atmosphere. A visit is worthwhile in any case.
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  • Beautiful caves, is on that it is a singular place. However the investment products, I think it's very average. Especially at the speed where the visits are linked... And what about the gentleman at the entrance, a prison door... Too bad.
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  • A guide and a visit to the top! Very interesting to visit. Attention if you beings very large or have back problems because it often have to bend. The ground can also be slippery.
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