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Abri de Cap Blanc

4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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15 000 years of history at arms lenght

This is one of the must see places in your prehistoric circuit in the region. One of those places... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gabgeneva
,
Geneva
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Stunning Revelation Of Early Civilization

We found Cap Blanc to be a totally unexpected view of life, art, and civilization from about 15,000... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2017
BienAgiter
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Central Oregon
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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. Cave of the Vézère valley designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > All the year with prior reservation. > Low season: to visit the cave, contact the reception centre at the Font-de-Gaume cave in Les Eyzies. > High season 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. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 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
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4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the must see places in your prehistoric circuit in the region. One of those places where you can still access the real thing. You need to reserve as space is limited. Here is the number I called: +33 5 53 59...More

Thank gabgeneva
Reviewed 30 June 2017

We found Cap Blanc to be a totally unexpected view of life, art, and civilization from about 15,000 BCE. Artistic, archeological, and anthropological points of view, nicely tied together and revealed by a knowledgeable docent, tell the story of this area and creates an appreciation...More

Thank BienAgiter
Reviewed 2 June 2017

Cap Blanc is one of the best examples in France of prehistoric animal carvings, as opposed to drawings or paintings. The rock shelter is down a rather nondescript trail and is now protected by a small visitors center built against the cliff. The series of...More

Thank Woodroad
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

The opportunity to see these reliefs/ sculptures in person is amazing and truly unique; a once in a lifetime moment for most of us. The guide was extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable and funny. she is bilingual with english but due to time constraints in the overhang...More

Thank Sag_Mom
Reviewed 8 October 2016

After a pleasant walk down the hill to the site, you enter through a gift shop and small museum to visit the sculpture/frieze on the wall of the shelter. It is an amazing and large sculpture on the wall of a site that was a...More

Thank Bradley G
Reviewed 5 September 2016

The rock shelter of Cap Blanc is one of the more accessible of the 'well managed caves'. It differs from the others in that it actually was a 'shelter', originally open on one side to the air, and that the wall art was thus originally...More

Thank joost n
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Mainly interesting for children. It has films which are full of speculation but which helps children see the relevance of the cave art.

Thank KENT J
Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

There was no ticket available for Combarelles or Font de Gaume and this was offered as an alternative. Don't! Get up early and visit the real thing.

1  Thank HennyPlat
Reviewed 14 July 2016

One of the most informative and inspiring hours we have ever spent as a family. Pre-historic sculptures explained and presented by a bilingual guide. We didn't get into the Font de Gamme and although we were initially disappointed, this was a far better experience without...More

1  Thank 3limes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

So incredible to see this sight! After parking in a lot right off the road, you take a short walk down a path to a little building that houses a small museum and the entrance to the Abri. Because the members of our tour all...More

Thank LenzRL
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