Visit Lascaux by Mouse
is a complex of caves in the Dordogne
region of France. In 1940 some teenagers were exploring one of these when they came
upon grottos in which there were strange, impressionistic paintings of animals on the walls and ceilings. After the caves had been
studied by experts it was determined that the paintings had been done 25,000 years ago. The French government developed this treasure
for the public to view. People came to Lascaux in droves, until it became apparent that the exhaling of breath in the caves by up
to 1200 people per day was beginning to have a deteriorating effect on the paintings. The caves were closed to the public in 1963
and soon after, the French government began construction of a set of caves that would be an identical reconstruction of two of the
grottos in the original caves, the Great Hall of the Bulls, and the Painted Gallery. This new set was given the title of Lascaux II
and was opened to the public in 1983. We visited Lascaux II
on our 2002 trip.
Although we cannot show you photos of those paintings,they can be seen here
and by going to the Lascaux and other websites. We
also can offer you a letter
There is not much of note to see in the immediate area in which the caves are located. It looks like undeveloped forest.
Any form of photography is forbidden inside the caves. There is an archeology museum that is part of a nearby related complex,
a prehistoric animal park called Le Thot, a kind of zoo/museum combination that has on display live animals that are like the ones
depicted in Lascaux II. A description of Le Thot on the Sacred Destination web site
for Lascaux is as follows:" The nearby Le
Thot Prehistoric Theme Park (combined ticket with Lascaux available) can add to the appreciation of Lascaux II and is especially popular
with kids. It includes a video of the construction of Lascaux II, models of prehistoric scenes, and, perhaps best of all, live examples
of animals depicted in the Lascaux paintings: European bison, long-horned cattle, Przewalski horses, and animals from Mongolia believed
to resemble the prehistoric wild horse."