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Chasm of Padirac

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The Chasm of Padirac, located in the Lot department of south west of France, is one of the most interesting geological sites of France.
The chasm is one of the entrances into a 40km long network of caves - one of the 100 longest underground galleries in the world.
The bottom of the chasm was used as a refuge during the Hundred Years Wars (1337 - 1453) and the Religious Wars (1562-1598) in France but it seems that it was only in the late nineteenth century , following a violent surge of the underground river , a practicable communication was opened between the bottom of chasm and the underground galleries.
Today the visitor is taken by an elevator (or by stairs) 103 meters down the chasm and after boarding a boat on the underground river starts the 1 hour and a half discovery trip along the magnificent galleries.

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Visiting Hours:The chasm is open from April until the 11th of November. For exact hours of operation check out their web site.


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