Situated in the commune of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, near the famous Pont d'Arc, which marks the entrance to the Ardèche gorges, the Chauvet-Pont d'Arc Cave, discovered in 1994 by three passionate speleologists, is a masterpiece of prehistoric cave paintings. This Palaeolithic decorated cave has an extraordinary bestiary on its walls, which display no fewer than 425 animal figures! Dating from the Aurignacian period, these paintings and engravings are amongst the oldest in the world...
To conserve this unique place, closed to the public since its discovery, a reconstruction area composed of five buildings, with a facsimile of the Chauvet cave and a permanent exhibition about the Aurignacians and cave painting, is open since 2015, at the Razal site in Vallon-Pont-d'Arc.
The Chauvet-Pont d'Arc Cave
The cave decorated with the so-called Arch Bridge "Chauvet cave" named after its discoverer, is a Paleolithic painted cave discovered in 1994. The site has more than a thousand drawings, including 425 animal figures showing 14 different species. The almost unanimous scientific community admits that the works of the cave date from the Aurignacian and they have thus among the oldest in the world.
The cave is world heritage of UNESCO since June 2014!
The Rhône-Alpes region and the General Council of the Ardèche with the support of the State and Europe began to build in 2012 on the site Razal to Vallon-Pont-d'Arc a replica of the cavity. Baptized in January 2014 "The Cave of the Pont d'Arc", this cultural and tourist site opened April 25, 2015.