The cave of the Arc Bridge
Located in south Ardeche, near the arch bridge ‘Pont d’Arc’, the decorated Grotte Chauvet 2 (called Grotte Chauvet) was discovered on December 18th, 1994 by Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel and Christian Hillaire during their private caving activities.
Thirty years after the discovery of the cave, the Grotte Chauvet 2 was opened to the public on April 25th, 2015. Visitors can discover the extraordinary paintings, engravings of more than 36 000 years old.
UNESCO, by entering the cave as a World Heritage Site in June 2014, recognized its unique and universal dimension.
Visiting the Caverne du Pont d’Arc is like diving into the heart of humanity’s oldest masterpiece, where you can admire an extraordinary collection of paintings, drawings and engravings, inherited from the year 36,000. It is a magical journey, taking up to the smallest details the conditions of visit of the original cave that awaits you in the heart of the cave.
Walk along the footbridges that thread their way between the stalagmites and stalactites to be thrilled by the representations of animals drawn by our Aurignacian ancestors. The visit is punctuated by 10 stop and observation stations.
The Aurignacian Gallery space is accessible to visitors after this journey through time. Explanations and exhibitions around the culture of the ancestors and cave art techniques are offered to visitors.
We agree that the realization of this Cavern is both a scientific achievement, technological technology and artistic. An exhibition on the steps that made it possible to carry it out is also proposed on the site to satisfy all the curiosities.
The cave decorated with the Pont d’Arc Cave is open all year round.
Find all the information on the official website of the arc bridge cave: www.cavernedupontdarc.fr.