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Address: 4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
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+33 5 53 06 86 00
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This Prehistoric cave from the Magdalenian era lies just a few kilometres...

This Prehistoric cave from the Magdalenian era lies just a few kilometres east of Les Eyzies on the right bank of the Beune river. It was classified as a listed site in 1926 in recognition of its unique sculptures. The frieze covers all but two metres of the 15-metre deep cave and features horses, bison and deer, some of which overlap. Originally, the sculptures were probably coloured since traces of ochre pigment were found during earlier archaeological digs. The remarkable depth and vibrancy of these sculptures carved with flint tools make the Cap-Blanc Cave one of the greatest masterpieces of Prehistoric art from the Upper Palaeolithic period. A museographical area around the friezes gives an overview of Cap-Blanc life and art. Cave of the Vézère valley designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > All the year with prior reservation. > Low season: to visit the cave, contact the reception centre at the Font-de-Gaume cave in Les Eyzies. > High season from 15th May to 15th September: reception on the site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last visit at 5 p.m.). Closed: > Saturdays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Impressive Sculpture/Frieze!

After a pleasant walk down the hill to the site, you enter through a gift shop and small museum to visit the sculpture/frieze on the wall of the shelter. It is an amazing and... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2016
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Landstuhl, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The opportunity to see these reliefs/ sculptures in person is amazing and truly unique; a once in a lifetime moment for most of us. The guide was extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable and funny. she is bilingual with english but due to time constraints in the overhang area she speaks in French and gives cards with the fundamental information in English. Depending... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

After a pleasant walk down the hill to the site, you enter through a gift shop and small museum to visit the sculpture/frieze on the wall of the shelter. It is an amazing and large sculpture on the wall of a site that was a shelter for Cro-Magnon people. Showing multiple animals, the sculpture is a major work and very... More 

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Thank Bradley G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

The rock shelter of Cap Blanc is one of the more accessible of the 'well managed caves'. It differs from the others in that it actually was a 'shelter', originally open on one side to the air, and that the wall art was thus originally 'open' or within sight. The art was well preserved as a landslide covered the shelter... More 

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HUFFMAN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Mainly interesting for children. It has films which are full of speculation but which helps children see the relevance of the cave art.

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

There was no ticket available for Combarelles or Font de Gaume and this was offered as an alternative. Don't! Get up early and visit the real thing.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

One of the most informative and inspiring hours we have ever spent as a family. Pre-historic sculptures explained and presented by a bilingual guide. We didn't get into the Font de Gamme and although we were initially disappointed, this was a far better experience without the 2 hour lines and the crowds. This really is a must see.

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Thank 3limes
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

So incredible to see this sight! After parking in a lot right off the road, you take a short walk down a path to a little building that houses a small museum and the entrance to the Abri. Because the members of our tour all spoke English, our guide gave all of her information in English. She was outstanding; extremely... More 

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England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

This is such an interesting place, with large life-like cave sculptures from 14,000 years ago. The skill which has gone into carving the sculptures is stunning. There is enough parking at the top of the site(it lies about 5K from the town of Les Eyzies). A short walk down a rough road through woodland brings you to the entrance, where... More 

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Washington, D.C.
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

well worth the visit. The sculptures in the rock were wonderful. small museum included and knowledgeable staff

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Tour in both French and English. Good price. Good displays while waiting for your to begin. Uneven footing and reduced lighting can cause feeling of disorientation.

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