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Font-de-Gaume

UNESCO Heritage List

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The Font-de-Gaume cave located near the town of Eyzies-de-Tayac in Dordogne displays on its walls 200 engravings and polychrome paintings, dating from some 15,000 years before present. These prehistoric murals rival in beauty to the ones of Altamira or Lascaux, although they are unfortunately less well preserved.
The art work on the cave's walls was discovered just 4 days after the discovery of the nearby Combarelles cave, on the 12th of September 1901 by the same team of archeology enthusiasts: Denis Peyrony, Louis Capitan and Henri Breuil.
The engravings and the paintings on the 125 meters long, 2 to 3 meters wide and up to 8 meters high corridor like cave represent geometrical signs, anthropomorphic figures and animals - horses, reindeer, mammoths, a lion and a wolf and - the most beautiful of all - a fresco of five bison that was uncovered in 1966 while the scientists were cleaning the cave.
Font-de-Gaume is listed in the UNESCO' world heritage list along with the other caves on the Vézère river.

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Latitude:44.9370
Longitude:1.0270
Visiting Hours:Open daily except Saturdays
15 May - 15 September 9.30 am - 5:30 pm
16 September - 14 May 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and 2 pm - 5:30 pm
Closed on the 1st January, 1st May, 1st and 11th November, 25nd December
Font de Gaume Cave : for conservation reasons, access limited to 80 person/day (in groups of max 12 people) No reservation available, all the tickets are sold at the entrance every day for the day.

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