Les Grottes Petrifiantes, Savonnieres
(3.2/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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 cave will disappoint fans of exploration, prehistory and fossil: it is above all a former quarry of freestone without great geological interest. On the other hand, the 2 caves (because there are 2) demonstrates how, by the action of water and nature, trinkets of all kinds can be petrified. If the idea appeals to you, you can even buy end-of-tour. Mid-week visit, a local beverage tasting is offered, at the bar, at the bottom of the cavity. Original! The cave is easy access and no particular difficulty, except - as in any cave - lower the head for adults and take care not to slip.
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  • Real disappointment... The caves themselves are not uninteresting unfortunately their commercial operation isn't at the height! Pretty run down reception building, visit the Lance stone, no response from the guide to the questions asked (respect of timing requires!). On the other hand, obligatory visit of 15 minutes of "Museum" (1 piece) where are exposed and put on sale the productions of the caves: objects kitshs par excellence and without any interest... as a bonus, the entries are expensive... in short, first and last time...
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  • Guided tour to discover the origin of the cellars. Possible discovery of the different methods of petrifications in savonnieres. time: about 1 hour, the visit includes wine tasting. possible workshop for children after the visit. wear good shoes for slippery ground. Not accessible to people with reduced mobility. think about taking a sweater it's averaged 15 degrees year-round.
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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.
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  • Enchanting. Small flat for the guide a little dry
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  • Guided tour to discover the origin of these cellars. Possible discovery of the different methods of petrifications in savonnieres. Time: about 1 hour, the visit includes wine tasting. Possible workshop for children after the visit. Provide good shoes as slippery ground. Not accessible to anyone with reduced mobility. Think about taking a sweater it's averaged 15 degrees year-round.
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  • I was in this cave: - explained the concept of petrification - showed the dinosaurs, - poured a glass of rose. I did not understand the report but it was nice.
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