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Caves of Lascaux

Versailles of prehistory

The cave of Lascaux is one of the most important Paleolithic caves, as much for the number as for the esthetic quality of the paintings.

Situated in the Dordogne, 1 hour from the sanctuary of Rocamadour and 5 hours from Paris, the cave of Lascaux is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

The paintings and their embossed engravings are about 18,000 years old. The cave was discovered in 1940 and it was Father Henri Breuil who made the first summary statement. The cave of Lascaux is relatively small. The galleries are up to 250 meters long and with a difference in height of 30 meters.

Known worldwide for its mural paintings of bulls, horses, cats that continue to intrigue us: How did men 18,000 years ago reproduce these drawings with such precision? The artistic techniques used by the Lascaux artists are astounding: polychromic, shading, perspective, supplies, anamorphosis.

The cave was closed for a long time because of deterioration due to mold and fungus. It was identically copied at a site 200 meters from the original site and opened to visitors in 1983.

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