Cave of Niaux

Niaux, France

The Cave of Niaux contains many prehistoric paintings of superior quality from the Magdalenian period. It is one of the most famous decorated prehistoric caves in Europe still open to the public. The paintings had been emerging on the cave walls during a long period between 11500 and 10500 years BC. From the very beginning of the seventeenth century the cave was of great interest for tourists, who left numerous traces on its walls.

Though its vast opening (55 metres high) which opens at an altitude of 678 metres, the Niaux cave extends for more than 2 kilometres. The guided tour of the Salon Noir, 800 metres from the entrance, will reveal to you more than 70 exceptional prehistoric paintings.

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Les Baousses, Niaux, France
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Founded: 11500 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Prehistoric Age (France)

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Rudy Rios (2 years ago)
Really an enjoyable visit. No spoiler alert here. Buy your tickets in advance, at least two months in advance. Wear a jacket or sweater and good no slip shoes.
Jacqueline Tow (2 years ago)
Definitely recommended, worth it to see the prehistoric artwork as well as the caves. Worth seeing even if you have also been to Grotte du Mas d'Azil.
Jan Douglas (2 years ago)
Visiting these caves to witness the pre-historic art firsthand has been on my bucket list for many years. It did not disappoint. Awesome experience.
Ana Lages (2 years ago)
Amazing experience! Truly! Highly recommended to all that loves history and to discover places like this, where men left his mark for thousands and thousands of years! The drawings are simple Amazing...
Ana Lages (2 years ago)
Amazing experience! Truly! Highly recommended to all that loves history and to discover places like this, where men left his mark for thousands and thousands of years! The drawings are simple Amazing...
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