Never underestimate what four teenage boys, exploring the forest can discover. In 1940 a dog stumbled into a hole near Montignac in Southwest France. These young explorers dug their pet out, then continued to clear dirt and rocks away to reveal a cave with six hundred perfectly preserved paintings on the walls and ceiling. Research continues into the tools, plants and animals the Cro-Magnon

people used 17,000 years ago.

Today you can take a tour of an exact underground replica of this sophisticated art, sometimes called the Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Man. Our guides pointed out the perspective, details and motion created by clever use of the natural rock relief. Lascaux horses, goats, bison, cows, wild ox, bear, red deer, ibix, wooly mammoth and wooly rhinoceros come alive.

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  1. I think we heard about this place. Is the real cave closed to visitors and the replica is the only one available to see. Passed it up as we couldn’t see the real thing. Now after reading your blog, I wish we had seen it. Is it anywhere around the Loire Valley? Guess I could look that up on Google!

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