Why create the Pont-d’Arc Cave?

The Replica

The Pont-d’Arc Cave is a cultural project for tourists in the village of Vallon Pont d’Arc. It is a founding facility for all of Ardèche and the southern part of the Rhône-Alpes region. The goal of this project is to offer existing Palaeolithic heritage to everyone, and of course, the exceptional heritage of the Pont-d’Arc Cave, otherwise known as Chauvet Cave. The social impact of the project is to extend the current tourist season, and thereby make economic activity more sustainable.
The Joint Union of the Pont-d’Arc Cave, the General Council of Ardèche and the Rhône-Alpes region are piloting this project with support from Europe and from the French government. This is a particularly ambitious cultural project. 55 million euros have been invested in the project. The replica will be managed by a delegate who specialises in cultural and tourist management, the company Kléber Rossillon. Its goal will be to attract between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors annually.

The Pont-d’Arc Cave is being built by the architects Fabre-Speller and Atelier 3A. It will be composed of five buildings that are completely integrated into the landscape.