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Village Troglodytique de la Madeleine

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Address: Tursac, France
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+33 5 53 46 36 88

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Interesting and scenic discovery

Not having prior knowledge of the troglodyte influences in the area this place filled me in. The views over the Vezere valley and river are stunning. The set up of different... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

By the time we visited this fascinating site, we were becoming familiar with several roads that had the most archaeological/historical sites. We passed the signs for this one north of Les Eyzies more than once before deciding to check it out. It’s named for the discovery in 1926 of the skeleton of a Magdalenian period. The child wore beautiful shell... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not having prior knowledge of the troglodyte influences in the area this place filled me in. The views over the Vezere valley and river are stunning. The set up of different stations with explanations in both French and English are excellent. You need to be quite mobile as there is a little bit of walking up and down slopes involved.

1 Thank Johns1951
Grolejac, France
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I can easily see why people decided to settle here, a breathtakingly beautiful spot on a bend in the river. Well looked after and being maintained constantly it's a nice little visit, won't take you long to get round it and I would advise against going on a really hot day, we visited late oct in the sunshine and it... More 

1 Thank jamieandsacher
Denison, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

La Madeleine is quite small, but nicely done. If you have time for only one troglodyte city, see Roque St Christophe--it's knock your socks off.

Thank frogcarguy
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We took our 2 kids, ages 10 and 12, to this outdoor museum and were amazed at the well preserved site. The kids loved being able to walk through the rooms, chapel, and feel how it must have been to live on this high cliff above the river.

2 Thank AmandaP322
Sandbach, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

A great place to visit, wonderful scenery, close to the river with stunning views of the meander. The little chapel hanging off the cliff side is a great piece of architecture for the age.

Thank Sue E
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2016

It really is an amazing and quite surreal feeling walking on the same bit of ground that was inhabited goodness knows however many thousands of years ago!! It's a steady and enjoyable walk set in wonderful countryside and with a good imagination you can visualise the past inhabitants. There is even a small chapel with a Virgin Mary statue! An... More 

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Reviewed 7 April 2016

I stopped at this place just because I saw Madeleine on the road signs. I was hoping to see Paleolithic caves, but they are not open for public (not complaining about that :) . But still enjoyed the visit very much. I was there almost alone and the place is beautiful and now tranquil.

Thank Radovan M
Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2015

We spent at least an hour here, slowly meandering from point to point within the site. It's a beautiful, quiet, relaxed setting overlooking the river and few other visitors were there when we visited.The English booklet they loan you is very comprehensive and added a lot to our understanding of the site, its inhabitants, and troglodyte dwellings in general. Very... More 

1 Thank vagabond_dreams
Dorset, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

This village lies in a natural rock shelter above the Vezere River. Above it is Marzac Castle to which it was connected. There was an excellent written English guide to explain the numbered sections of the site. Fascinating to see first the prehistoric dwellings and then to see the development in later centuries. Well worth a visit.

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