France’s attractiveness – Inauguration of the Caverne du Pont d’Arc, a replica of the Chauvet cave (April 2015)


The ministry of foreign affairs and international development lobbied strongly to have Unesco grant World Heritage status to the “Decorated Cave of Pont d’Arc, known as Grotte Chauvet” in June 2014. The cave harbors more than 1,000 drawings from the Aurignacian era, dating back more than 36,000 years.

Closed to the public to keep its wall paintings from deteriorating, the Chauvet cave and its treasures will remain accessible thanks to the creation of a remarkable replica, the Caverne du Pont d’Arc, inaugurated today by President Hollande.

It took 30 months to construct this replica of the Chauvet cave, which is accurate “to the last millimeter.” Located a few hundred yards from the original cave, the Caverne du Pont d’Arc – an incredible scientific and technological feat – will open to the public on April 25.

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