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French monuments… Grotte de Lascaux et Mont Saint-Michel

French monuments… Grotte de Lascaux et Mont Saint-Michel

Have you ever thought that you would walk near Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, from your couch? Have you ever wanted to watch Lascaux cave paintings? Thanks to digital resources, it is now easier than ever to go on a journey to the other side of the world. Here, explore and virtually tour 2 emblematic places of the Dordogne region and Normandy, in France. 

La Grotte de Lascaux, Dordogne

Lascaux cave is a prehistoric cave discovered in 1940 in Dordogne, France. It contains rupestrian paintings created between 17 and 20 thousands years ago. The first Lascaux cave was closed in 1963 in order to avoid its destruction. Nowadays, it is possible to visit a whole replica of it.

  • “La Découverte de la Grotte de Lascaux”, Les Odyssées France Inter

The French radio France Inter produced a series called “Les Odyssées” aimed at children between 7 and 12 years old. It lets them discover the adventures of historical figures. This 17-minute episode deals specifically with the topic of this French monument. Learn about how the Lascaux cave and paintings were discovered by accident. The French is spoken slowly, so it is a good episode for adults who are learning French

https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/les-odyssees/la-decouverte-de-la-grotte-de-lascaux

  • Lascaux cave virtual tour

Visit Lascaux through an immersive 360° virtual tour. You can stop the video whenever you want to see all the details, and find more information about each part of the cave. Enter for example the famous hall of bulls and enjoy its art. By clicking on the following link, you can also find articles on the region, the history of the cave, and its conservation. 

French version:
https://archeologie.culture.fr/lascaux/fr

English version:
https://archeologie.culture.fr/lascaux/en

Le Mont Saint-Michel

The Mont Saint-Michel is a town located on a small rocky island in Normandy, France, a few hours away from Paris. The first inhabitants settled in the bay during the sixth and seventh centuries. This monument, its abbey, and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

  • Google Arts and Culture

This famous platform allows you to view thousands of artworks and to virtually tour galleries and historical monuments in France and all over the world. It is available in many languages. Click on the following link and scroll down to discover 5 different views of the Mont Saint-Michel. You can move the focus to experience a 360° view and walk near the bay and in the town. 

https://artsandculture.google.com/search?q=mont-saint-michel

On Google Arts and Culture, experience thousands of other virtual visits through French monuments! For example, 4 views of the Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations), in Marseille, are available. You can also walk into the Palace of Versailles, experience the view from the Eiffel Tower, visit the Fine Arts Museum of Lyon, etc. Looking for more virtual tours in these monuments and emblematic places? Discover or rediscover our blog articles about the Palace of Versailles and the Mucem.

Google Arts and Culture platform: https://artsandculture.google.com/

Mucem on Google Arts and Culture:
https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/mucem


Feel free to explore our blog, where both children and adults can find reading and learning resources, ideas of museums and monuments to discover online, virtual tours of France, and more! 

À bientôt pour de nouvelles explorations !