Grotte Chauvet – a site of unique world heritage!
The best is for those who take their time.
A "rendez-vous" with history
In 1994, a palaeolithic decorated cave was discovered at Pont d’Arc, known as "Grotte Chauvet”. The prehistoric paintings found there were over 36,000 years old and the site had more than 400 images and engravings, with a many representations of animals. A real journey back in time!
In June 2014, this historic discovery was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
Grotte Chauvet is located at the gateway to the Gorges de l’Ardèche inside one of the cliffs on the outcrop known as the cirque d’Estre. To preserve the riches found within this cave, it has not been opened to the public. Instead a replica has been created to enable people to explore Grotte Chauvet: Chauvet Cave 2.
This replica cave is only a few kilometres from the original. And it’s an exact replica of the 20 hectares of cave, reproducing the floors and roofs, paintings and walls as well as the archaeological remains from the original Grotte Chauvet.
Here's what you need to know before your visit:
- Chauvet Cave 2 is open every day, all year round
- Cave visits last about one hour
- You can also see the Aurignacien Gallery inside Chauvet Cave 2 for free – it presents the prehistoric world as an interactive museum
- You can book tickets at the caves or on the web
- Animals are not admitted (except for guide dogs)
- A restaurant and shop are available