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The Padirac chasm

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The Padirac chasm - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lot
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Natural cavern of 33 metres in diameter and 75 metres deep, the Padirac chasm located on the Gramat Limestone plateau, formed when the roof collapsed. In the heart of this cavity, 103 metres below ground to be precise, flows a underground river. Visitors descend 75 metres via a lift or staircase and go to the end of a gallery where they board boats for the first leg of the guided tour by river. 500 metres further, the visitors continue the circuit on foot through a series of beautiful rooms: the Salle du Lac de la Pluie (Rain Lake) and the pendant-like Pendeloque (giant stalactite), the Salle des Grands Gours with a lake, and then the Salle du Grand Dôme with its impressive 94-metre-high ceiling. All these natural formations are awe-inspiring.

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The Padirac chasm

Explored in 1889 by Edouard-Alfred Martel, the Padirac is considered one of the greatest geological curiosities of France. After a steep descent to 103 m deep, embark on the underground river for a boat trip and discover the Great Chandelier, a giant stalactite of 60 m high, and Rainy Lake. Drop anchor and continue on foot to the Hall of the Great Dome whose vault is 94 m high. It offers a multitude of concretions, shaped by nature over millions of years. A great place that delights visitors!

Rainy Lake
Rainy Lake
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In the depths
In the depths
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Padirac
Padirac
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