Visit the Lascaux and Montignac Cave

2/6/2020

The Lascaux Caves: Masterpiece of the parietal

The Lascaux cave, located in the town of Montignac-Lascaux, in the Vézère valley, is one of the most important decorated caves of the Paleolithic. It contains a large number of works of exceptional aesthetic quality. Thanks to this unique treasure, it is sometimes nicknamed "the Sistine Chapel of cave art" or even the "Versailles of Prehistory".

The paintings and engravings of Lascaux could not be the subject of precise direct dating, but their age is estimated between approximately 19 and 000 years.

The real Lascaux Cave and its original paintings are particularly fragile. Over the years, deterioration of the paintings began to appear due to the large number of tourists. To preserve this unique heritage, it has been closed to the public. What can be seen now is an exact replica: Lascaux IV.

The authentic decorations of the Lascaux cave

For the first time, the decorated Lascaux cave reveals almost all of its secrets! Prepare to go back in time by diving into the heart of the almost complete replica of the Lascaux cave discovered in 1940. This new facsimile of the cave was produced with one ambition: to make you feel the same sensations when entering as the 4 young boys: Marcel Ravidat, Jean Clauzel, Maurice Queyroi and Louis Périer.

The atmosphere is cool and dark, the sets are well planted, the play of light and shade guides you, gradually revealing the various treasures that abound in the place.

Deer swimming - Lascaux cave 4
Deer swimming - © Pliny / CC BY-SA 3.0


Interactive and digital tour

During your journey through the cave art center, just after the guided tour of the Lascaux 4 cave, go on a visit in complete autonomy and at your own pace to better understand the history of this fabulous cave and the art parietal around the world.

Several rooms await you! First, you will visit the workshop, which will allow you to enter the heart of the history of paintings in the Lascaux 4 cave. Then, you can go as you please to relive the interpretation of the art. parietal through the ages in the Digital Theater, then thanks to the 3D cinema you will be able to fully immerse yourself in the other caves around the world, and finally, thanks to the digital exhibition room, select and rediscover the works of art contemporary and parietal.

Tour prices

The Lascaux Cave is open every day practically all year round. But in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the reopening of the site is initially planned on the last two weekends of June (20-21-22 June & 27-28-29 June), then the season will begin in earnest in a second phase from July 4th. However, you can book your ticket online now. However, always check the opening times and possibilities on the official website of the Lascaux cave.

The individual prices for Lascaux IV are currently as follows:

  • Adult (over 12 years old) € 20
  • Adult reduced rate * € 19
  • Child from 5 to 12 years old € 12,90
  • Child reduced rate * € 11,90
  • young child (under 5 years old) Free
  • Privilege card 50 €

* reduced rate on presentation of proof: students, large family card, job seekers, people with disabilities, Crédit Agricole members

The international center of cave art

Lascaux 4 is much more than a facsimile of the original cave. It is a whole center dedicated to history and cave art. Located at the foot of the Montignac-Lascaux hill, just a few meters from the original cave, more than 10 m000 have been fitted out to allow more than 2 million visitors to discover this masterpiece. of our prehistoric ancestors.

The resolutely modern building, however, was designed to alter the landscape as little as possible, and it fits very naturally into the hill of Lascaux, following its different curves. The inclusion is so successful that depending on the angle from which you look, the building is not always visible.

Although the site is that of Lascaux, the time of your visit, you will go to meet cave art from around the world to retrace the traces of the civilization of Cro-Magnon men.

Lascaux cave art center 4
Lascaux cave art center 4 - © Traumrune / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Village of Montignac-Lascaux

Montignac is nested upstream of the valley of the Vézère, also called “valley of the Man”. It is nestled at the foot of the hill of Lascaux.It is also halfway to Sarlat la Caneda in the Dordogne valley and the “Capital of Prehistory”, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil. This region, by its unique cultural richness in the world, and also called "the golden triangle of Périgord Noir". In this valley of the Vézère and the Dordogne, there are 400 years of human occupation, the traces are still visible today and thanks to which 000 sites have been registered as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Beyond the prehistoric sites, the city of Montignac also offers its share of historical monument. For example, there are two villas within its walls dating from Roman colonization: the Villa des Olivoux and the Villa de Brenac. it also reeste in the heart of the village the remains of an important fortress dating from medieval times. However, after a tumultuous history and numerous changes of ownership, the town's castle was destroyed in 1825. A tower and part of its infrastructure still attest to its existence.

Montignac was in the Middle Ages a town of ford which allowed to cross the Vézère. Its current bridge dates from the middle of the 18th century. Each of the banks still bears witness to the history of the city today, with the right bank of narrow medieval streets and architectural evidence from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries such as houses on stilts, half-timbered houses, washhouses and fountains. of the time. On the left bank, we find the suburb with its convent, its priory and its quays, recalling the religious and commercial vocation of the city.

Here are some of the sites not to be missed during your stay in Montignac:

  • The stone bridge
  • The former St John the Evangelist Hospital
  • The priory of Saint Georges
  • The covered craft market
  • The Convent of the Poor Clares
  • Rue de la Pegèrie and its 14th century houses
  • The house of Jeanne d'Albret, mother of King Henry IV of France

But Montignac is also pleasant for its hospitality. As you stroll through the city, you will find many bars and restaurants and very nice little shops.

Finally, if you have the chance to come at the end of July, you can also discover the International Festival of Montignac. An important festival celebrating dance and music from all over the world ...