Facts and Data

Webpages:
Official Unesco Page

Basis Data:
Unesco World heritage since: 2014
Size of heritage: 9.00 ha
- Buffer zone: 1,353 ha

Coordinates:
Longitude: 4,416°
Latitude: 44,389°

About

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.


Show bigger map on Openstreetmap

Pictures from around the area

Photos provided by Panoramio are under the copyright of their owners.
More info shown for each image when viewed in detail.

Hotels and places to stay

Hôtel La Bastide d'Iris

Address
Distance: 4,1 mi
L Estrade
07150 Vagnas
France

Time Information

Checkout: 12:00 - Checkin: 15:00
Reception
Weekday: -
Weekend: closed


Hotel La Chapouliere

Address
Distance: 5,9 mi
route d'Ales - Quartier le Chapouliere
07120 Ruoms
France

Time Information

Checkout: 12:00 - Checkin: 17:00
Reception
Weekday: -
Weekend: closed


DOMAINE DE CHAMES

Address
Distance: 1,0 mi
ROUTE DES GORGES - HAMEAU DE CHAMES
07150 Vallon Pont d Arc
France

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin:
Reception
Weekday: -
Weekend: closed


Theodore

Address
Distance: 5,7 mi
Rue Nationale
07120 Ruoms
France

Time Information

Checkout: 11:00 - Checkin: 13:30
Reception
Weekday: 7:30 - 21:00 (lunchbreak: 11:00 - 13:30)
Weekend: closed


Videos from the area

Crue de l'Ardèche 2011, Ruoms (5 novembre 2011)

Published: November 20, 2011
Length: 04:50 min
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: ArdècheVidéo

Plus de 300 vidéos HD et Ultra HD (4K) sur l'Ardèche gratuites et en ligne sur http://www.youtube.com/ardechevideo, sur http://www.ardechevideo.com et sur http://www.facebook.com/lardeche.envideo.

Crue de l'Ardèche 2011, Vallon Pont d'Arc (5 novembre 2011)

Published: November 20, 2011
Length: 21:17 min
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: ArdècheVidéo

Plus de 300 vidéos HD et Ultra HD (4K) sur l'Ardèche gratuites et en ligne sur http://www.youtube.com/ardechevideo, sur http://www.ardechevideo.com et sur http://www.facebook.com/lardeche.envideo.

Crue de l'Ardèche 2011, Pont d'Arc (5 novembre 2011)

Published: November 06, 2011
Length: 44:12 min
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: ArdècheVidéo

Plus de 300 vidéos HD et Ultra HD (4K) sur l'Ardèche gratuites et en ligne sur http://www.youtube.com/ardechevideo, sur http://www.ardechevideo.com et sur http://www.facebook.com/lardeche.envideo.

L'Ardèche Plein Sud et les Gorges de l'Ardèche (best of)

Published: November 30, 2011
Length: 01:49 min
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: ArdècheVidéo

Plus de 300 vidéos HD et Ultra HD (4K) sur l'Ardèche gratuites et en ligne sur http://www.youtube.com/ardechevideo, sur http://www.ardechevideo.com et sur http://www.facebook.com/lardeche.envideo.

Ardèche - Dessalages dans les Gorges de l'Ardèche (part 2/3)

Published: November 26, 2011
Length: 23:50 min
Rating: 4 of 5
Author: ArdècheVidéo

Plus de 300 vidéos HD et Ultra HD (4K) sur l'Ardèche gratuites et en ligne sur http://www.youtube.com/ardechevideo, sur http://www.ardechevideo.com et sur http://www.facebook.com/lardeche.envideo.

Toute l'Ardèche en vidéo par ArdecheVideo

Published: November 23, 2011
Length: 56:32 min
Rating: 3 of 5
Author: ArdècheVidéo

Plus de 300 vidéos HD et Ultra HD (4K) sur l'Ardèche gratuites et en ligne sur http://www.youtube.com/ardechevideo, sur http://www.ardechevideo.com et sur ...

Videos provided by Youtube are under the copyright of their owners.