With the Grotte Chauvet-Pont d'Arc and his paintings dated to 32,000 years, Vallon-Pont d'Arc and the Ardèche have the oldest jewel of Paleolithic cave art known to date. Unique in the world and considered the mark of the birth of art, the cradle of artistic creation.
With these characteristics, the Chauvet – Pont d’Arc Cave is unique and fully merits registration on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list ( 911 classified sites worldwide).
The application file is currently being prepared and a support committee was officially launched on 14 June 2010 at Vallon-Pont-d’Arc. In summer 2013 the Chauvet – Pont d’Arc Cave could join the closed, very prized circle of world classified sites and appear alongside the Acropolis in Athens, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon in the United States and even Mont-Saint-Michel…
In Rhône-Alpes only the historic site of Lyons is registered as World Heritage and this very media oriented classification would provide a real spotlight with the coming to Ardèche of new visitors enthused by cultural heritage.
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