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Pierre et Lumiere

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Address: Route de Gennes | St Hilaire St Florent, Saumur, France
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Wonderfully different- stone carvings some on blocks some directly into the cave walls of the various churches and chateau around the area. They state take an hour to visit but... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pootlemum
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderfully different- stone carvings some on blocks some directly into the cave walls of the various churches and chateau around the area. They state take an hour to visit but I'd be surprised you would need that long. But still definitely worth going. Combine with visits to the mushroom museum and winery and it's a great day out. Take a... More 

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

We visited this museum and another one (mushroom museum) which have apparently the same owner and you can buy reduced tickets if you visit both. The artist is very talented and used the local limestone ("tuffeau") to create several castles and monuments in details. The models are presented in a troglodytic cave with nice lighting. We got to know other... More 

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Saumur, France
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

An interesting visit that shows what can be done with a little imagination and a lot of skill. But I would not waste my money buying a "duel" ticket for a visit to the Museé de champignon

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Thank David H
Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 7 November 2016

Went here during a heatwave as we were looking for something to do out of the heat. It was a lovely surprise. The sculptures are incredibly detailed and are of various sizes, they are of different towns or buildings in the region. The kids get to do some sculpture of their own at the end which is included in the... More 

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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Found this through trip advisor. It's excellent well worth the price about 7€ spent a good hour looking at the models they amazing - take a coat as cool in there as it's a cave- we cycled from the city took 20 mins and bike locking facilities as well you can pay a bit more and do the mushroom tour... More 

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Greystones, Ireland
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Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The caves are great and the sculptures breathtaking. The years of work is amazing. If you feel the cold take warm cloths. I did it in a tshirt and it was fine.

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Thank saeb38
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31 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Far better than expected as we thought it was just going to be a model village from someone's imagination. It isn't. Every building carved out of the limestone is a minitiare replica of a real building from the surrounding area, mainly churches and cathedrals but also streets and the lighting on these buildings really highlights the details in the carvings.... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

Philippe Cormand took nearly 5 years to sculpt a series of beautiful, large carvings in tuffeau stone of cathedral, churches and chateaux around this part of the River Loire. The detail of the frontage of Tours cathedral and all the church buildings, plus additional touches by the artist - his face on the cliff side, a climber and his ropes... More 

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Thank Tropicus
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Was nice for the family. Pretty interesting. Only took around an hour, but we got to have a go at making our own stone things afterwards. Staff were great (and spoke perfect english)

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Visited with grand parents and two children whilst on a short break in the area. Exquisite sculptures with such detail. Scenes including places we had visited made it even more interesting. The church from Tours was so exact. Only a hour or so to walk round but well worth popping in

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