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Abri de Cap Blanc
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Owner description: This Prehistoric cave from the Magdalenian era lies just a few kilometres east of Les Eyzies on the right bank of the Beune river. It was classified as a listed site in 1926 in recognition of its unique sculptures. The frieze covers all but two metres of the 15-metre deep cave and features horses, bison and deer, some of which overlap. Originally, the sculptures were probably coloured since traces of ochre pigment were found during earlier archaeological digs. The remarkable depth and vibrancy of these sculptures carved with flint tools make the Cap-Blanc Cave one of the greatest masterpieces of Prehistoric art from the Upper Palaeolithic period. A museographical area around the friezes gives an overview of Cap-Blanc life and art. Cave of the Vézère valley designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open:> All the year with prior reservation.> Low season: to visit the cave, contact the reception centre at the Font-de-Gaume cave in Les Eyzies.> High season from 15th May to 15th September: reception on the site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last visit at 5 p.m.). Closed:> Saturdays.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November 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
Reviewed 29 March 2014

While it's only one wall to see, the sculptures are both beautiful and fascinating. Like some other off-season visitors we were the only ones on the tour so were able to have it in English. Much appreciated, because my small amount of French doesn't stretch to technical things and DH doesn't speak French at all. The small museum has English translations for the exhibits which is also very helpful. Not the same 'wow!' factor to me as Les Combarelles or Font de Gaume, but still well worth seeing. Get the tickets for all three at the same time for a discount.

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Amazing 15,000 year old mostly horses bas and some high relief carvings. Really beautiful. When you're there remember how old these etchings are. The tour is usually in French but as the only guests this Tuesday, she kindly gave us a comprehensive English tour, about half hour in length. There are also some multi-language displays to see before or after the cave. The walk from the car lot to the visitor center is a few hundred meters down a good trail. The cave has been enclosed to protect from erosion so is not cold inside. Allow an hour to visit.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

The haut- and bas-reliefs of horses, bison, and reindeer on display at the small Cap Blanc shelter are of importance in that they are (or were) open air carvings, visible to all when they were executed some 14,000 years ago. (Most prehistoric art is found deep in non-settled caves and was intended to be viewed only by the artist(s) or a selected few.)

The Cap Blanc reliefs are, in some cases--the bison, in particular, greatly eroded. A heightened imagination is required to discover the outlines of the animals. The horses are in far better shape. The openess of the shelter to the Dordogne landscape has been blocked; the closing-in effect reminds a visitor of looking in to a diorama at a natural history museum: the only thing missing are wax figures of Cro-Magnons draped in matching woolly mammoth skins.

Cap Blanc: Vaut le detour for cave art junkies only.

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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Very interesting in that one gets to see what still exists in situ of the original wall carvings. It is small. There is no color left here if there ever was some (i.e., unlike Casceaux II), but there is an immediacy. One needs to look for the tour in English if one's French is rusty.

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Reviewed 10 August 2013

The tour was only in French so I didn't get much out of it, but seeing the horses was worth it. There is also an example of a beaded headdress worn by cro-magnon women.

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