The Villars cave, a journey to the heart of prehistory in the Dordogne

The Villars cave, a journey to the heart of prehistory in the Dordogne
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Located in the Dordogne department, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Villars cave is an exceptional prehistoric and geological site. Adorned with cave paintings and natural concretions, this underground cave offers visitors a real journey back in time, as they discover the art and life of our ancestors.

A remarkable prehistoric site

The Villars cave was discovered in 1958 by an amateur caver, Jean Castel. The first archaeological digs revealed that the cave had been occupied by man for over 15,000 years, during the Upper Palaeolithic.

The walls of the cave are decorated with cave paintings depicting animals (bison, horses, ibex) and geometric signs. These works, done in red ochre and charcoal, bear witness to the creativity and skill of our prehistoric ancestors.

An astonishing geological spectacle

The Villars cave is also renowned for its natural concretions, which form a truly magical setting. Stalactites, stalagmites, draperies and other eccentrics unfold in the chambers and galleries, offering visitors an astonishing geological spectacle.

The cave is divided into two parts: the dry cave, where the cave paintings are located, and the wet cave, where water continues to sculpt the limestone rock. Visitors can observe the different stages in the formation of the concretions and understand the geological processes at work in the cave.

Visits and events for everyone

The Villars cave offers guided tours, educational workshops and events for young and old alike. Visitors can discover the history and heritage of this exceptional site, while having fun and learning at the same time.

In conclusion, the Villars cave is a must-see destination for anyone wishing to discover the Dordogne's prehistoric and geological heritage. Its cave paintings, natural concretions and varied activities make it a great place to visit, right in the heart of Périgord.

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