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    La Ferrassie, Centre des Monuments nationaux - Eyzies-en-Tayac (24) - © Centre des monuments nationaux-Ph.Berthé
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    Abri de Laugerie-Haute, Centre des Monuments nationaux - Eyzies-en-Tayac (24) - © Centre des monuments nationaux - Ph. Berthé
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    Abri du Poisson, Centre des Monuments nationaux - Eyzies-en-Tayac (24) - © Centre des monuments nationaux. Ph. Berthé

    Rendez-vous at the Prehistoric sites of the Eyzies-de-Tayac

    Visual Impairment

    Two caves of the Vézère valley, designated world heritage sites by UNESCO

    Come and discover an exceptional grouping of prehistoric sites at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac in the Dordogne region, most of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Encounter Homo sapiens, the remains of his habitat, his daily activities and his art.

    A major testimony to the rock art of the Magdalenian Period, the cave of "Font de Gaume" contains an exceptional collection of polychrome paintings, as well as engravings. The shelter of "Cap Blanc" presents remarkable carved architecture. 

    Abri of Cap-Blanc

    A remarkable Prehistoric sculpted frieze

    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.

    Opening times

    Subject to modification.

    • Open
      - From 16 September to 14 May: from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
      - 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

    Tours

    • Guided Tour: French, English (Reservation: 2 weeks) - Duration: 1 hr
    • To complete your visit: discover the museum, video (Duration: 10 min)
    • Maximum group size without splitting up: Access limited to 40 people per group for conservation reasons.

    Facilities

    • Gift shop
    • Picnic area 100 m
    • Free parking for coaches 100 m

    Rates

    • Full rate: 7,50 €
    • Concessions: 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
    • Rate for tourism professionals and groups (minimum 20 people): 6 €

    Cave of Font-de-Gaume

    An exceptional group of polychrome paintings

    The Font-de-Gaume cave is a marvellous example of prehistoric art from the Madgalenian period with a truly remarkable group of polychrome wall paintings and engravings. For reasons of conservation, the number of visitors is limited to 180 each day with a maximum of 12 people per group.

    Opening times

    Subject to modification.
    • Open
      - 15th May to 15th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
      - 16th September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
      - Last visit at 4 p.m.
      - Open in accordance with conservation necessities.
    • Closed
      - Saturdays
      - 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December

    Tours

    • Guided tour: French, English (Only on reservation) - Duration: 45 min
    • Tour (Reservations: 2 weeks)
      tel.: (33) (0)5 53 06 45 66
    • Maximum group size without splitting up: Access limited to 12 people per group for conservation reasons.
    • Detailed tour: French, English (Only on reservation) - Duration: 1 hr 30 min

    Facilities

    • Gift shop
    • Seating available nearby the cave
    • Parking for coaches 2 km
    • Drop off and pick up point-100 m
    • Picnic area 1 km (in front of Les Eyzies town hall)

    Rates

    • Adults: 7,50 €
    • Concessions: 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
    • Detailed tour: 11,50 € per person from November to March(on appointment)
    • Rate for tourism professionals: 6 €

    Access

    • On the Sarlat/Périgueux main road, 20 km north-west of Sarlat
    • From Périgueux: RN 2089 direction Sarlat to the D710, then D47 direction Les Eyzies / Sarlat
    • From Sarlat: D6 direction Les Eyzies, then D47 direction Périgueux

    Contact

    Eyzies-de-Tayac
    Hall d’accueil de Font-de-Gaume
    4, avenue des Grottes
    24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
    Tel: (33) (0)5 53 06 86 00 / (33) (0)5 53 59 60 30

 
 
    tagged as : Culture & Heritage, 24-Dordogne, Metropolitan France, Aquitaine, UNESCO, Visual Impairment, Archaeological Site/Museum
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