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"Look At La Roque St.-Christophe" Top 5 Page for this destination Les Eyzies-de-Tayac Off The Beaten Path Tip by hquittner

  La Roque
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  • La Roque - Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
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  • Caverns and Strata - Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
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  • Tourists Walking an Incline (distant view) - Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
      Tourists Walking an Incline (distant view)
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The cliff (roque) rises along the bank of the Vezere (actually hollowed out by it ages ago). It has rising inclined strata that the ancient humans could climb and obstruct. In a safe area they used or enlarged existing cavities and caverns in the cliff as shelters (like a sort of bee-hive). This began about 20,000 BC. The National Museum at Eyzies contains numerous artefacts from here. This was not a place for cave paintings (which were made very deep in caves, far deeper inside than humans would go to live), so the objects found here were utilitarian and "religious". We did not have the stamina for the climb and so our pictures are from a distance. There are guided tours of about an hour (in French); it is open daily but closed during the lunch hours.

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