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Inside the cave - ©YannickPatois / CC-BY-SA Inside the cave - ©YannickPatois / CC-BY-SA

The legend Like many other caves, the legend says that the chasm of Poudrey and its area are the Devil’s entrance door! Do you want to hear the legend? A young girl from Etalans was sent packing by...

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Clamouse? A legend! The cave was named after the Latin name Fons Clamosis, Clamouse. In local dialect, clamouse means ″howler″. Well, why? Because of the water’s resurgence of the cave: filled with...

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Scoop: a crushed man in la Laugerie! Mortal rock slide The abri de la Laugerie-Basse is part of the group of caves nicknamed grottes du Grand-Roc. A natural hole sitting on the Eyzies site, along...

The interior - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY The interior - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY

The Waldensians in La Balme In the caves of La Balme, 300 Waldensians were slaughtered… but when exactly? Mystery. Who are the Waldensians? Members of a strange church, not very orthodox, founded by...

The interior - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY The interior - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY

François I’s sentenced persons King François I: well, well, well! We find his equestrian portrait on a cave’s wall. Hey, he came in La Balme. Yes, while he was visited the court of Savoy, he made a...

Mandrin - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain Mandrin - ©Leipzig University Library / Public domain

Mandrin the smuggler A cave is very useful to take shelter. The famous bandit Mandrin, in the 18th century, knew it well! He completely transformed the caves of La Balme into his headquarters! Louis...

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An esoteric maze? A mystery Those caves are located in a big wine-producing estate (Saint-Emilion), in the castle of Ferrand. But what do we have here, exactly? Caves? A stony maze, pretty esoteric...

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Near the springs of the river Marne, in Balesmes-sur-Marne (Haute-Marne), here’s the cave of Sabinus: it’s 20 metres deep, 30 long, 1,30 high. But who was Sabinus? What about he and his wife Eponine...

A tank - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY A tank - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY

Sassenage: caves, a torrent The cuves de Sassenage are caves born 1,5 millions of years ago, created by an underground river: the Germe. The torrent Furon (an affluent of the river Isère which...

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A clay plug The département of Lot is full of caves, chasms and beautiful natural curiosities… After Padirac, here’s Lacave and its caves! Neither the speleologist and archaeologist Armand Viré...


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