Lascaux, a facsimile as authentic as the original !
Discovered in 1940 by 4 adolescents of the Perigord, the Lascaux cave has opened to the public after World war unit 1963. Unfortunately, the visitors wave began to damage prehistoric paintings, that decided the owners of this site, ranked as UNESCO World Heritage, to close it definitively.
Today, you have the possibility to visit a facsimile, 200 meters from there : Lascaux II. Even if it’s not the original cave, the most beautiful and interesting drawings have been represented. After all, what’s important is to discover prehistoric world and Lascaux II is a very good representation. With better light and visit time that’s not limited, visitors have more facilities to perceive and understand the signification of these drawings by their ancestors, ten or so thousand years ago.
Lascaux II is open all the year (not in January). You will find all the prices information here.
Located less than a kilometer away, Lascaux IV has been open to the public since 2017. It is a reproduction to the millimeter near the original. We can see the hole through which Marcel Ravidat accidentally entered in 1940, as well as the 2,000 drawings left by Cro-Magnon men over 18,000 years ago.
The visit to Lascaux IV lasts about 40 minutes. It is skilfully orchestrated: it all starts on the roof of the building.
After taking the elevator with a guide, we descend to artificial depths.A dark room, to get used to the darkness, then it’s the big jump, we enter the facsimile. Finally the 2 caves complement each other perfectly.
Fun and digital, Lascaux IV is interesting for its complementary activities.
We walk around with a tablet.