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Niaux Cave

Grand Site d'Ariège

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Situated in the Ariège department of the south west of France, 5km south of the town of Tarascon-sur-Ariège, Niaux cave is one of the few original decorated caves still open to the public. Abbé Breuil (1877 –1961) the French priest / archeologist recognized as a world authority on North African and European Stone Age art - considered Niaux cave as being one of the 6 giants of the pre-history together with Lascaux and Altamira. On the walls of the cave one can admire no fewer than 111 high quality paintings representing animals: bisons, horses and deers and dating from Magdalenian era, some 13 thousands years ago. The cave can be visited only by appointment.

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