Les Grottes Petrifiantes, Savonnieres

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#5 of 12 in Nature in Centre-Val de Loire
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. Add Les Grottes Petrifiantes to your Savonnieres travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Savonnieres trip site .
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  • If you visit the castle of Villandry, you are 2 minutes by car so as to go discover these original caves guide is very friendly and available for questions
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  • A guide is friendly and available to answer questions and the chance to be a group of only five visitors. It's funny to see all these objects for the most part obsolete earn their eternity in a few years with this water grains of silica and calcite. He must move these objects every three weeks so that they don't stick to them. We'd like to take up some of these objects in petrification, but for that you need to go to the gift shop. Some bas-reliefs presented at the shop are superb, I particularly enjoyed "harvest festival".
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  • tours I did not know this magical place! Very nice little sure without comparisons with d other major caves famous but to really see the passage of common small cete
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