The Prehistoric Lascaux Caves in Geneva

GENEVA, Switzerland – It may sound like an oxymoron, but the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux, France are temporarily in Geneva. Of course, I am referring to life-size replicas in exhibition at Palexpo until January 2016.

Lascaux caves exhibit in Geneva - Photo, Lascaux Expo
Lascaux caves exhibit in Geneva – Photo, Lascaux Expo

If you attended the magnificent Titanic exhibit last year, you’ll know what to expect: a multi-sensorial experience that will, at least for part of your visit, make you feel like you are visiting the actual Lascaux caves in France.

Lascaux caves exhibit in Geneva - Photo, Lascaux Expo
Lascaux caves exhibit in Geneva – Photo, Lascaux Expo

The Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley, first discovered in 1940, contain some of the best-known Upper Paleo art with over “147 prehistoric sites dating from the Paleolithic, and 25 decorated caves,” created more than 17,000 years ago.

Discoverers Jacques Marsal and Marcel Ravidat with Abbe Breuil and teacher Mr. Laval at the entrance of the cave.
Two of the discoverers Jacques Marsal and Marcel Ravidat with Paleontologist Abbe Breuil and the teacher who first advised them on the significance of their discovery, Monsieur Laval, at the entrance of the cave.

Due to damage to the frescoes the caves have been closed to the public for the foreseeable future; this exhibit however, allows visitors “to grasp the splendour” of this Unesco-heritage site.

When: Every day until 17 January, from 10:00 to 19:00. Last entrance at 17:30.
Where: Hall 7, Palexpo – TPG Ligne 5 – Ligne 28 – Ligne Y
How much: CHF 16-CHF 26
Don’t miss it! It’s a great plan for those rainy fall/winter Sundays in Geneva.

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