Visit Les Eyzies and take a guided visit in the National Prehistory Museum. Visit the Rouffignac cave and look at original cave paintings. Then visit the Lascaux II cave a perfect replica of the original cave.
Some 15000 years ago unknown artists created breathtaking cave paintings that are now considered the earliest examples of French art found in the Dordogne area. During this day you will learn in-depth about the fascinating art on the cave walls and the artists who made it.
Begin the day in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit in the National Prehistory Museum. Opened in
2004 this national museum possesses one of the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world.
In Montignac you will visit Lascaux II cave a flawless reproduction of the original cave. This remarkable technological marvel opened in 1983. Using science and art to complement each other the execution was flawless: a reinforced concrete shell was created using shipbuilding techniques the relief of the cave was reconstituted down to the tiniest detail and the polychromatic paintings were parallels the originals from 17000 years ago by using natural pigments.
Finally end the tour with the visit of Rouffignac Cave—the cave that possesses original and authentic etchings and drawings. The Rouffignac cave was first mentioned in 1575 by François de Belleforest in
Cosmographie universelle. In the 19th century the cave became a tourist attraction. It was only in 1956 when preshistorians Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert rediscovered the cave art and confirmed the art within the cave. After the visit to the two caves we will return to Sarlat.
Entrance fees to the museum and the caves included.
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