A few days ago I visited a world’s oldest art gallery: Cave of Niaux in Ariège (18500-10500 bc).
It is a huge place, which has remained almost as in the Magdalenian period. Just some small paths were made for visitors.
There are only 20 visitors per tour. We walk with a torch, in darkness, and it is very impressive. After 900 meters, discovering geometrical signs on the walls, we arrive in a great cave very high where bisons, mammoths and horses have been drawn on the walls. No colours, it is only made with charcoal and manganese with a great precision. We known at the present time that some paintings were made with about 3 thousand years of distance.
There is a big round room which was used to be a special music place to listen flutes and instruments resembling the tabla for spiritual or religious meetings.
The cave was only reserved for rare meetings, people has never lived in it. People lived outside in tents, they were not settlers.
I really appreciate this visit because of the authenticity of this place. All this paintings were made at the time of Homo Sapiens with tools like brushes or some bones they blew in.
This cave is not so famous that the Grottes de Lascaux but it was for me the most impressive site I had ever visited.
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