Saturday, 21 May 2016

La Grotte de Villars

Our annual trip with our French club took us to the caves at Villars, close to the historic town of Brantôme. The caves were discovered by potholers in 1953 and run a total of 13km and over time the underground river has carved out beautiful galleries featuring stalactites, stalagmites and calcite formations. Later, in 1958 paintings were found on the walls showing horses, goats and men and are estimated to be 19,000 years old. The calcite is gradually covering the paintings and once it’s a centimetre thick, they won’t be visible anymore. It’s not easy to capture the beauty of the caves well on camera or the scale but here’s a couple of the best ones.

Caves
Caves 1
Caves 2
Caves 3

4 comments:

  1. Interesting caves, but not for me because years ago an experience down a cave made me claustrophobic, but only mildly so!

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    1. Yes, they are small and low in places. No ill effects for me except for cold hands and toes x

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  2. Beautiful photos, it is sad if the paintings disappear, I would have thought that there was some way of preserving them. Enjoy the weekend. Diane xox

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    1. I'm not sure what they could do as the paintings are part of the rock x

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