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Grotte de Niaux, Niaux

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Grotte de Niaux are known for the high quality of their Magdalenian paintings, which were finished over 14,000 years ago. An 800 m (2,625 ft) route over wet, uneven ground brings you to the "Black Chamber,” where paintings of large Magdalenian mammals have an international reputation for their amazing quality. Over 100 highly detailed depictions in black outline ibex, bison, horses, and deer. Begin your trek by walking through narrow, dark passages to several impressive galleries before arriving in the Salon Noir, a massive rotunda with walls covered in paintings. Advance reservations are required. English tours are offered at certain times but slots fill up quickly. You can download or purchase a pamphlet with descriptions of each gallery. Using our world travel planner, Niaux attractions like Grotte de Niaux can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • prehistoric paintings some 12,000 years old....maybe more....explored in the darkness of a cave lit only by a flashlight - one carried by each member of the group....what a fabulous experience. This....  more »
  • This is one of those true off-the-beaten-path experiences that inspires people to travel. Yes it is a tourist attraction, and you will not be there alone, but it is out of the way, and the groups are....  more »
  • Amazing experience! Truly! Highly recommended to all that loves history and to discover places like this, where men left his mark for thousands and thousands of years! The drawings are simple Amazing...
  • Visiting these caves to witness the pre-historic art firsthand has been on my bucket list for many years. It did not disappoint. Awesome experience.

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