Caverne du Pont-d'Arc

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Caverne du Pont-d'Arc
Reconstitution d'homo sapiens (femme et enfant).jpg
A reconstruction of homo sapiens (a woman and child), in the Aurignacian Gallery at the cavern
Coordinates44°24′25″N 4°25′41″E / 44.406944°N 4.428056°E / 44.406944; 4.428056Coordinates: 44°24′25″N 4°25′41″E / 44.406944°N 4.428056°E / 44.406944; 4.428056
LocationVallon-Pont-d'Arc, Ardèche, Rhône-Alpes, France
DesignerXavier Fabre [fr]
TypeDecorated cave, art gallery, tourist attraction
Beginning date2012
Opening date2015

The Caverne du Pont-d'Arc is a replica of the Chauvet Cave in the commune of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, in the department of Ardèche and in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. Construction began in October 2012 and it was opened to the public in 2015.


The creation of the Caverne du Pont-d'Arc is a project which is cultural, scientific and technologically unique in its design and in its size (3,500 m2 (38,000 sq ft) on the ground and 8,180 m2 (88,000 sq ft) of geological facies - floors, walls and ceilings) making it the largest decorated replica cavern in the world.[1]


  1. ^ Van Praagh, Nathalie (10 April 2015). "La grotte Chauvet au millimètre près" [The Chauvet Cave to the millimetre]. (in French). Retrieved 14 November 2015.

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