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Grotte de Pair-non-Pair

669 Nr D, 33710 Prignac-Et-Marcamps, France
+33 5 57 68 33 40
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Our artistic ancestors

This Grotte is very small. About as big as an apartment. However, you can see some of the oldest... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2018
mattepainter
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Paris, France
Tiny cave, but lovely, ancient stonework.

This cave is small, as in a group of 20 barely fits inside. But the images etched in stone are... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
SandraHewittBell
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Yountville, California
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Discovered in 1881, the cave of Pair-non-Pair contains engravings (featuring horses, ibexes, cervidae, mammoths) which rank among the most ancient examples of art made by prehistoric man (between 33 000 and 26 000 years old). Prehistoric objects and artefacts discovered at the Pair-non-Pair Caves are on display in a special museum section. Open: > 15th June to 15th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 16th September to 14th June: from 9.30 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Closed: > Mondays (besides exceptions). > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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669 Nr D, 33710 Prignac-Et-Marcamps, France
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Reviewed 14 February 2018

This Grotte is very small. About as big as an apartment. However, you can see some of the oldest art known. They consist of simple lines. Grooves in the walls. All of animals. The staff are quite kind and knowledgeable. This small hidden treasure has...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2017

This cave is small, as in a group of 20 barely fits inside. But the images etched in stone are amazing. The horse gazing backwards is especially interesting - they weren't domesticated until about 3,000+ years ago. The artwork is 10 times older. Did the...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

Visited the first time in 1963 when I was 8 years old - was shown around by my elderly great-great aunt who was the daughter of the man who owned the land and found the cave whilst rescuing his cow! Was a bit disappointed not...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2016

We were not sure if we would visit or not but called when we were passing by and they had space available at the next tour time so we stopped. The cave is small, so it is as much a lecture as a tour, but...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

You can't enter with kids younger than 7. You must book a tour so if you just turn up you could be looking at a few hours wait and it's quite expensive (€7.50) for such a small pave to visit. Oh, and no photos please.

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Reviewed 15 October 2015

Certainly a small cave but a very interesting visit with the privilege to come so close to cave drawings. Out of season, there were only four of us from four different countries so the visit was in English. The guide, Stéphanie, is extremely competent.

1  Thank Erin17000
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

From a historic point of view, this is a great place. However, as an "attraction", the place is small and not very child-friendly. You'd better drive on, read about the story, and visit a good vineyard that offers more than just tasting.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Book a guided tour in advance. 7.5E pp, under 27 y.o. = free. It's interesting and the tour guide is informative (in French) but is a small cave with only a few carvings so don't be disappointed. It is a great opportunity to see prehistoric...More

3  Thank Linda S
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

Having just visited cave sites in the Perigord (Font de Gaume, Pech-Merle) we didn't have high expectations for this small site, however, it had unique features all in one. The site is unique amongst French prehistoric cave sites for combining both artistic/sacred spaces and cave...More

1  Thank Megan P
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

This is one of the finest Palaeolithic caves in the world, its wall-engravings of Ice Age animals dating from a much earlier period, the Aurignacian, than many of the other decorated caves. It's a beautiful spot to visit, and the guide is excellent. If you...More

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