La Caverne Du Pont D'Arc opened this year to the general public and we highly recommend going to visit it! An incredible experience to see some historical artwork and gain insights into the history of the Ardeche. We went to visit the cave ourselves, find out what we thought HERE.
In 2014 the decorated cave of Pont d'Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet-Pont d'Arc was protected under a UNESCO World Heritage at the highest national level as a historic monument. Although the cave is once again sealed, the genius idea of recreating an exact replica of the cave was started back in 2012, by using state of the art 3D mapping technology, the general public can now have the opportunity to walk through the cave as it would of been all those years ago.
The amazing discovery of the Chauvet Cave was made in 1994 by three local cavers; Christian Hillaire, Eliette Brunel-Deschamps and Jean-Marie Chauvet. The cave is tucked away on an old river bed of the Ardeche, the opening of the famous Pont d'Arc changed the river's course and leading to the preservation of the cave's contents. A colossal array of cave paintings cloak the walls of the cave and have been carbon dated to over 32,000 years old, making them the oldest cave paintings in the world.
Go to LA GROTTE CHAUVET for further information on visiting the cave and how to book.