The Aven Armand
The Aven Armand cave is located on the Causse Méjean plateau, in the town of Hures-la-parade, between Meyrueis and Sainte-Énimie. It was discovered by Louis Armand, blacksmith and amateur caver resident in Le Rozier, on September 19, 1897, who was in the company of his acolyte, the famous Édouard-Alfred Martel.
The Aven Armand is not exactly a cave: the latter is a horizontal underground cavity, more or less deep, comprising at least one accessible part; while an Aven is a kind of abyss whose access opens into the ground in the form of a well. It is often formed by the collapse of the vault of a cave due to the dissolution of the limestone layers. The Grands Causses highlands are full of potholes and caves, because its high plateaus are formed of a particularly porous limestone soil, which lets water seep directly into the rock to sculpt a mysterious underground world.
In 1927, the pothole was secured to allow it to be opened to the public. To get there, a funicular takes us to the heart of this marvel with thousand lights that highlight these 400 spectacular stalagmites.
This gem of history allows everyone to share with family or friends a magical moment in a semi-fantasy universe narrated by the famous Jules Verne. With a little imagination by observing the shapes, the reflections and the shadows, we can guess the resemblances with a jellyfish school, a tiger jaw, a turkey, a palm tree, and even the Sagrada Familia. The Aven is also famous for having been the setting for two French productions: that of the French TV film Crime in Lozère, directed by Claude-Michel Rome in 2014 and that of Nolwenn Leroy’s video clip for her single Gemme in June 2017.
Do not hesitate to come and discover during an hour-long visit, a large unique and magical room, so vast that it could house the entire Notre Dame de Paris’ Cathedral. Accompanied by a passionate guide, you will have the privilege of traveling through time and playing with lights.
CAVES AND CAVERNS
The Aven ARMAND chasm, discovered on the Causse Méjean in 1897 by Louis Armand and Edouard-Alfred Martel, is one of the most beautiful underground wonders. After descending by funicular, allowing the easiest access, let yourself be guided through the heart of a forest of more than 400 stalagmites, unique in the world, for an unforgettable journey to the center of the Earth. Passionate guides accompany you to the heart of this imaginary but very real world where jellyfish, turkey, vulture, palm tree, large organ, ... and the largest stalagmite known to date appear in a cavity built at the top of its 30m. Magic, Emotions, Dreams will be at the rendezvous for this 1 hour trip to the center of the Earth.
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