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La Verna Cave

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La Verna cave is one of the 10 biggest caves of the world and THE biggest open to public.
It is situated on the territory of the the commune of Sainte-Engrâce in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques of the southwest of France, only a 5 minutes drive from the Kakuetta Gorges.
La Verna cave is a part from an underground labyrinth called La Pierre Saint-Martin karst.
The 194 meters (636 ft) high and 245 meters (820 ft) in diameter cave was discovered in 1953 by a group of Scouts from Lyon that was calling itself "La Verna Troop". They say that its volume is 10 times the volume of the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris!
The cave is made accessible by a man made tunnel of 660 meters (2165 ft) that was initially built as a part of a project for an hydroelectric dam inside the cave, dam that is in function since 2008.
The cave has been open to the public since 2010 and it is well accessible even to reduced mobility tourists.

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Address:Quatier Calla, 645660 Sainte-Engrâce
Visiting Hours:From December to March open only on reservations.
April AND November:
From Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 1pm and from 1:30pm to 4pm
May, June, September and October:
From Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to 1pm and from 1:30pm to 5:30pm
July and August:
Monday to Sunday from 9am to 1pm and from 1:30pm to 7:30pm


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