Lascaux, world humanity heritage site
Since 1979, fifteen prehistoric sites and decorated caves of the Vézère Valley make up the cultural property of “Prehistoric sites and decorated caves of the Valley of the Vézère” on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The prehistoric site of the Valley of the Vézère counts 147 deposits dating to the Palaeolithic and 25 decorated caves. This site presents exceptional interest from an ethnological, anthropological and aesthetic viewpoint with its numerous cave paintings, in particular those decorating the Lascaux cave, discovered in 1940.
This date will remain significant in the history of discoveries of prehistoric art, since its skilfully composed hunting scenes comprise some one hundred stunningly precise animal figures.
The Lascaux cave is part of this heritage and invites particular attention due to its renown in the international community. Some of these sites are closed to the public, like the Lascaux cave. However, more than half are still open to visitors.
Moreover, reproductions have been made (Lascaux II) to give the public the opportunity to discover this exceptional heritage.