Les Grottes Petrifiantes, Savonnieres

#3 of 10 in Nature in Indre-et-Loire
You can walk through the two caves at Les Grottes Petrifiantes that were mostly formed during the Middle Ages. The stone (tuffeau) was quarried to build a nearby ch√Ęteau. Romans were present in the caves as evidenced by the discovery of their pottery, manual mills, and a graveyard with seven gravestones remaining. Centuries later, the caves flooded with water, slowly creating new passages. Objects placed under the grottoes' springs for six months to a year get covered in limestone, creating a petrified appearance. Add Les Grottes Petrifiantes to your Savonnieres travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Savonnieres trip site.
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  • The caves are a first class tourist trap. Tour takes over an hour, with extensive time spent in the shop where petrified ceramics can be bought. The proces consists of existing little ceramic statues....  more »
  • The guided tour of the grottes was in French, but the guide was sufficiently clear that we could understand most of what was being said. The caves are worth a visit.  more »
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