Sistine Chapel

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Marcel Ravidat back in 1940 near Dordogne, France decided to go exploring along the countryside. What he found will have him forever to be written down in the history books, more on that shortly.

After the discovery he returned with three friends acquis Marsal, Georges Agnel and Simon Coencas to show them what he had discovered. What he discovered has been described as the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistory”. What he discovered was the Lascaus cave. It is filled with prehistoric art including horses, bulls, deer, ibex, cats a rhinoceros and the legendary unicorn. Put there (according to scientists) to be around 17,300 years old during the Paleolithic time. It was open to the public in 1948 averaging 1.200 people per day visiting the cave. It was closed in 1963 to preserve the art. After closing the paintings were restored to their original state. A replica of some of the paintings can be found at the Centre of Prehistoric Art at Le Thot, France.




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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It does concern me that historical sites get damaged by tourists so reading that they closed this makes me feel like the correct decision was made.

Sep 15, 2016 09:39 PM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have heard of this cave, James.  And, have read about it in my National Geographic magazine.

Sep 15, 2016 10:13 PM #2
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I very much enjoyed your post today. We are looking forward to more insightful ones.

Sep 15, 2016 10:17 PM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never heard of this cave! Nothing new, you stump me daily! Enjoy your day!

Sep 15, 2016 10:20 PM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I also have read about the cave and seen some of the pictures.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 15, 2016 10:43 PM #5
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Some of our best discoveries are by people who wander from the beaten path. Hope your path is happy and sunny today

Sep 15, 2016 11:11 PM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A very long time ago I remember a film about this but didn't know exactly where it was. Now I know. TY

Sep 15, 2016 11:53 PM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I've seen some photos of these paintinsg. Incredible that they have survived, and glad efforts have been made for preservation.


Sep 16, 2016 12:16 AM #8
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I have read about this cave before;  however, very interesting no matter how many times I hear it.

Sep 16, 2016 12:42 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have been to the Lascaux region and loved it, as well as the Dordogne area.  It is said that when Picasso saw the caves, he said, "We have invented nothing!"

This is not a UNESCO World Heritage site.  A

Sep 16, 2016 12:50 AM #10
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I know of this cave - I saw a Nat Geo special on it - thanks for shairng James Dray 

Sep 16, 2016 01:10 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - The pre-historic paintings at Lascaux are jaw dropping. 

But here is the "catch 22" over closing the site to preserve it. If it is closed, no one can see it so who are we preserving it for?  - Surely there is technology out there that we have that allows non-harmful light spectrum where visitors can enjoy the real thing.  

Sep 16, 2016 01:14 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such an amazing discovery, I have heard the art is incredible!  I have not seen much of it, as I don't get into art too much though.

Sep 16, 2016 01:34 AM #13
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Hi James    What an interesting story .. I always learn so much from you

Sep 16, 2016 03:06 AM #14
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I wouldlove to visit that, mabe next vacation!

Sep 16, 2016 03:13 AM #15
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi James Dray ,  That was quite a find.  I'm glad they moved the art so it wouldn't decay.

Sep 16, 2016 12:33 PM #16
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Now stepping back 17,300 year in history and looking at the art work in the cave had to be an amazing experience.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 16, 2016 12:35 PM #17
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sistine chapel is a topic I know a lot more about as an art student from back in my day. It still has a heavenly quality even for novices

Sep 16, 2016 09:40 PM #18
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

This prehistoric information amazes me. I find it so very interesting. Great story you shared. 

Sep 17, 2016 01:37 PM #19
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

There is a Werner Herzog movie, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which is a documentary about the Lascaux cave paintings and the Chavet caves.

Oct 10, 2016 06:45 AM #20
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