Les Grottes Petrifiantes, Savonnieres

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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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  • It was ok but not as impressive as suggested by the literature . Very slippy in places so wouldn't recommend to very old or very young  more »
  • Visited with a large family group. We all really enjoyed it.Lovely to walk round and not worry about the being told not to touch. Very reasonable entrance price. One of our party was pregnant and she ...  more »
  • We were a group of 10 ranging from 7yrs-60yrs. It was a great experience everyone enjoyed it. The guide gave an excellent tour in English and answered any questions we had. It was lovely that the chil...  more »
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  • 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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  • Friendly and very competent and smiling guide who explains passionately petrification, sometimes in french or in English!
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