Why list this cave?

Universal nature

The painted cave of Vallon Pont-d’Arc (known as Chauvet Cave) has exceptional universal value. It is a masterwork of human creative genius (a set of exceptional artwork whose age makes it very unique). It provides a unique account of a living civilisation (the first Homo sapiens civilisation in Europe). It thus perfectly fulfils UNESCO criteria. Listing the cave ensures that this treasure of humanity will be conserved and passed down to future generations.

The application concerns the painted cave of Vallon Pont-d’Arc (known as Chauvet Cave), as well as the area bordering Estre Combe and Pont-d’Arc