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Vézère vieux pont.jpg
Origin Plateau de Millevaches
Mouth Dordogne
44°52′53″N 0°53′26″E / 44.88139°N 0.89056°E / 44.88139; 0.89056 (Dordogne-Vézère)Coordinates: 44°52′53″N 0°53′26″E / 44.88139°N 0.89056°E / 44.88139; 0.89056 (Dordogne-Vézère)
Basin countries France
Length 211 km
Source elevation 970 m
Avg. discharge 50 m³/s
Basin area 3,708 km²
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Type Cultural
Criteria i, iii
Reference 85
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1979 (3rd Session)

The Vézère (Occitan: Vesera) is a 211 km long river in southwestern France. It is an important tributary to the Dordogne River. Its source is in the northwestern part of the elevated plateau known as the Massif Central. It flows southwest through the following départements and cities:

It flows into the Dordogne near Le Bugue. A tributary of the Vézère is the Corrèze River.

The Vézère Valley is famed for its prehistoric cave systems, containing numerous cave paintings and hominid remains. UNESCO collectively designated these a World Heritage Site in 1979. Among the sites with remarkable caves is Lascaux.


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