In Lascaux there is a complex of caves, which is famous for its prehistoric paintings. You can find the caves near the village Montignac in an imaginary triangle between Périgueux, Limoges and Tulle. If you take a trip to Brive la Gaillarde, you’ll be just a few steps away. Inside the Lascaux caves you see the cave paintings dating back to the Stone Age, to the younger Palaeolithic. In almost 2,000 figures these are mostly paintings of animals – horses, but sometimes people as well.
The story of the accidental discovery of the cave is taught in school. It’s the old story of how four children who were playing on the field accidentally fell into a cave and discovered a valuable relic. This cave was discovered in 1940, and was opened to the public several years after the war. However, in 1955 it was found that breathing of thousands of visitors decreases the clarity of color paintings. Therefore, the cave was closed to the public and now you can visit only its replica, called Lascaux II, serving visitors since 1983.
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