Prehistoric Rock Art Trails

The first art of european people, 40 000 years of rock art, Enjoy the rock art experience

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Promotion of spanish rock art in Be..
Promotion of spanish rock art in Be..
08/03/2017
European Rock Art Trails will attend to International Tourismus Börse (ITB) in Berlin. From 9/03 to 12/03
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147 Rock Art sites are registered i..
147 Rock Art sites are registered i..
03/03/2017
Sites from Azerbaijan, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal are representated.
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Cantabria Region (Spain) and La Dor..
Cantabria Region (Spain) and La Dor..
31/01/2017
The Counsellor of Culture of Cantabria, Mr Ramon Ruiz, and the President of the Department of La Dordogne, Mr Germinal Peiro, have signed in the city of Périgueux a collaboration agreement on Rock Art and Archaeological Tourism. The final goal of this agreement is to cooperate instituti..
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A Cultural Route of Council of Europe

The Cultural Route CARP offers 112 great Archaeological and Rock Art sites with the main scientific, cultural, artist and archaeological interest. All these sites are opened to the knowledge and the enjoyment of the European and World society. Currently, more than 1.9 million visitors come each year to the places where the first inhabitants of Europe produced their transcendental rock art, an art full of symbolism motivated by religious belief and full of references to Nature, forming the first Cultural Landscapes of Europe.The vast majority of these places have a great symbolic value and are part of the European Cultural Heritage, but also they are elements that support the local identity. This symbolic value has been recognized in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.The relationship between Prehistoric Rock Art and Landscape is used to produce a thematic tourism offer that integrates Culture and Nature, Landscape and Cultural Heritage. This contributes to a sustainable development of the rural communities where are located all the sites that compose the Cultural Route.

EUROPEAN CULTURAL ROUTE & UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE

More than 150 Rock Art sites are open to the public in Europe, concentrated in countries like Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, Portugal, and particularly, France and Spain. Many are small sites (a cave, a rock shelter, a small museum ...), but there are locations with significant tourism infrastructures where it is possible to see large archaeological sites. The cultural and tourist interest of the first art of the Prehistory of Europe has been noted by UNESCO recognising as World Heritage 9 sites: Alta (Norway), Tanum (Sweden), Brú-na-Bóinne (Ireland), Valcamonica (Italy), the caves of the Vézère Valley (France), Altamira and other caves of the Cantabrian Region (Spain), the rock shelters with Levantine Art of the Mediterranean Coast (Spain), Foz Côa and Siega Verde sites (Portugal-Spain) and the Cave of Pont d'Arc named Chauvet (France). To this list we can added the Medieval Rock Art from the Rupestrian Churches of Matera (Basilicata, Italy).


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