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Lascaux

Lascaux

Lascaux

Lascaux (2 km from Montignac — Dordogne region, off D706) – located 2 hours east of the wine-producing town of Bordeaux (near the village of Montignac), this is the famed UNESCO World Heritage site where some fascinating Paleolithic-era cave paintings were found in 1940 by a group of local school boys exploring the woods. Estimated to be over 17,000 years old, they caused a media sensation, and for some time, the cave was opened to the general public until 1963, due to the carbon dioxide damage to the paintings that human breathe caused. I

 

Nowadays, with the original cave still closed (for preservation reasons), visitors passing through here can at least go to a nearby museum (Lascaux II), where reproductions of the cave paintings can be seen. Admission: €9.90 (adult), €6.40 (children ages 6-12). Free for children 5 and under. Hours vary. Visitors can check the Lascaux website for a updated schedule: www.lascaux-dordogne.com/en/lascaux-cave