A short walk downhill from the real cave is the first reproduction, duplicated and molded in concrete to look and feel like the original stone. The 39m-long (128-ft.) tunnel faithfully reproduces the section of the cave harboring 90 percent of the famous paintings, so you will get a good idea of what the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory” looks like. You’ll see majestic bulls, ibex, stags, horses, and deer, the originals of which were painted by Cro-Magnon peoples 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. No one has yet figured out exactly what purpose these paintings served, but the artistry of these prehistoric painters is startling.
Lascaux (Montignac)› Attraction
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Daily Apr 8–July 9 10am–1pm and 2–6pm; July 10 to Aug 27 9am–7pm; Aug 25 to Nov 5 10am–1pm and 2-5pm. Closed Nov 5 to early Apr. Transportation 2km (1.25 miles) from Montignac, off D706 Phone 05-53-51-95-03 Prices Admission 15.40€ adults; 20€ children ages 5-12; free under 5 Web site Lascaux II
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