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Unesco World heritage since: 2014
Size of heritage: 9.00 ha
- Buffer zone: 1,353 ha
Located in a limestone plateau of the Ardèche River in southern France, the property contains the earliest-known and best-preserved figurative drawings in the world, dating back as early as the Aurignacian period (30,000–32,000 BP), making it an exceptional testimony of prehistoric art. The cave was closed off by a rock fall approximately 20,000 years BP and remained sealed until its discovery in 1994, which helped to keep it in pristine condition. Over 1,000 images have so far been inventoried on its walls, combining a variety of anthropomorphic and animal motifs. Of exceptional aesthetic quality, they demonstrate a range of techniques including the skilful use of colour, combinations of paint and engraving, anatomical precision, three-dimensionality and movement. They include several dangerous animal species difficult to observe at that time, such as mammoth, bear, wildcat, rhino, bison and auroch, as well as 4,000 inventoried remains of prehistoric fauna and a variety of human footprints.
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Medium airport - 11 mi (18 km) Montélimar - Ancône Airport
Small airport - 21 mi (34 km) Alès-Deaux Airport
Medium airport - 26 mi (42 km) Avignon-Caumont Airport
Medium airport - 41 mi (67 km) Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport
Medium airport - 44 mi (71 km) Mende-Brenoux Airport
Medium airport - 44 mi (72 km) Valence-Chabeuil Airport
Medium airport - 46 mi (74 km) Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport
Medium airport - 61 mi (98 km) Marseille Provence Airport
Large airport - 77 mi (124 km) Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport
Large airport - 148 mi (239 km) Geneva Cointrin International Airport
Large airport - 152 mi (245 km) Brive-La Roche Airport
Large airport - 154 mi (248 km) Toulouse-Blagnac Airport
Large airport - 161 mi (259 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Le Chambon
- Le Puy-en-Velay
- Le Vigan
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Le Garn