The management entity of the Cavern of Pont d'Arc, the museum complex developed around the well-known Grotte Chauvet, has formally requested the accession to the Cultural Route of the Council of Europe Prehistoric Rock Art Trails through a letter signed by its president, Mr. Fabrice Tareau.
This important Rock Art destination is located in the heart of the French department of Ardèche and consists of an impressive complex dedicated to showing the reproduction of the original cave, inaccessible for conservation and security reasons, which was declared as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2014. Since its opening to the public, in April 2015, this destination has been pulverizing the best expectations of number of visitors and there are more than one million people who have visited it.
With this adhesion, there are already 8 sites/areas with Rock Art declared World Heritage by UNESCO that work together in the PRAT-CARP Cultural Route network: Altamira and caves with Palaeolithic Art of the Cantabrian Regione, Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin of the Iberian Peninsula, Foz Côa / Siega Verde, Valcamonica, the Sassi of Matera, Valley of La Vézère, Gobustan and the aforementioned Cavern of Pont d'Arc. The President of the Itinerary, Mr. Pedro Gómez Ruiz, has valued the adhesion of this enclave of France as "a fact of enormous relevance, because with the arrival of Pont d'Arc, all the great Rock Art sites of the South of Europe already work together under the Council of Europe's Cultural Routes Program. Without a doubt, the whole family of European Rock Art is in luck. "
The Cavern of Pont d'Arc is the 35th leading institution of Rock Art destinations that joins the PRAT-CARP Cultural Route, which is currently the largest stable network of archaeological tourism in Europe, with 151 sites open to the public scattered throughout Azerbaijan, Georgia, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Norway.