Aven Armand

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Location: Near Meyrueis (Lozère). Near the Gorge de la Jonte. From Meyrueis follow D986 to Hures-la-Parade.
Open: 19-MAR to APR daily 10-12, 13:30-17. MAY daily 9:30-12, 13:30-17. JUN daily 9:30-12, 13:30-17:30. JUL to AUG daily 9:30-18. SEP daily 9:30-12, 13:30-17. OCT to 13-NOV daily 10-12, 13:30-17. Last tour 45 min at closing time. [2005]
Fee: Adults EUR 8, Children (5-15) EUR 5.50, Young adults (15-20) EUR 6.50, Reduced EUR 7.30.
Groups (25+): Adults EUR 6.50, Children (5-15) EUR 4.50, Young adults (15-20) EUR 5.80. [2005]
Classification: ExplainKarst cave, vertical cave.
Light: electric.
Guided tours:  
Address: Aven Armand, 48150 Meyrueis. Tel: +33-466456131, Fax: +33-466456738. E-mail: contact
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18-SEP-1897 discovered by Louis Armand, the comrade of ExplainE.A. Martel.
1927 opened to the public.
1963 funicular built.


Aven Armand is located on a flat plateau (about 1,000m asl.) called Causse Méjean. It is close to Meyrueis (Lozère), a small tourist village. This area, also called Les Causses, is wild and beautiful.

The French word Aven means big cavern or cathedral. And this name fits this cave extremly well! The central cavern of the cave is 75 meters high, that is higher than Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In this cavern are more than 400 of the typical plate-stack shaped ExplainPalmtrunc Stalagmites, the biggest one being 30 meters high.

A technical highlight of the cave tours is the funicular. The tour starts in the cave entrance building on the surface of the plateau at 1,000m asl. The funicular leads to the lower station at 940 m a.s.l at a gradient of 30%. This ride takes just one and a half minutes and is very comfortable.