Grotte Prehistorique de Villars


Useful Information

Location: Villars
Open: APR to JUN daily 10-12, 14-19.
JUL to AUG daily 10-19:30.
SEP daily 10-12, 14-19.
OCT to NOV daily 14-18:30.
Last visit half hour before closing.
[2011]
Fee: Adults EUR 7.50, Children (5-12) EUR 4.50, Children (0-4) free.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 6, Secondary School EUR 4, Primary School EUR 3.50.
[2011]
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: electric.
Dimension: T=13°C, L=13,000m.
Guided tours: D=65min. Photography forbidden.
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Address: Grotte Prehistorique de Villars, 24530 Villars. Tel: +33-553-548236, Fax: +33-553-542173. E-mail: contact
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History

 
1953cave discovered by speleologists from the Spéléo-Club Périgourdin.
1958Magdalénien paintings discovered by Pierre Vidal.

Description

The Grotte Prehistorique de Villars (Villars Prehistoric Cave) is located near Brantome in the Perigueux Vert. The prehistoric paintings in this cave are 18,000 years old from Magdalénien origin.

The cave was discovered by members of the Spéléo-Club Périgourdin (Périgord Caving Club), Marie Claude Ferres, Yann Jezequel, Robert de Faccio, Bernard Pierret, and Pierre Vidal. The cave explorers discovered and surveyed the cave over years, at the end the cave system had several levels and a total length of more than 13 kilometers.

In December 1958, one of the cavers, Pierre Vidal, discovered a number of prehistoric paintings covered by calcite. The paintings were immediately examined by the famous archaeologist Abbé Breuil, who approved their authenticity. As a result the cave was opened to the public in 1959.


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