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Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire

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Delicate & Intricate work

Went to view attraction as weather was not the best so figured find somewhere indoors to spend a... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2015
RJN539
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London, United Kingdom
Amazing & Unexpected Works of Art

I heard of the art of petrification before coming here, but I was amazed by the simplicity of the... read more

Reviewed December 23, 2013
Lip_Aug
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Paris, France
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Enjoy a great and unusual moment in a strange universe of water and stone. After a stroll in the underground, the hot springs will guide you to the atelier where the secrets of a unique handicraft have been preserved for 2 centuries. The...more
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1 avenue du Docteur Roux | Les Sources, 63710 Saint-Nectaire, France
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Reviewed February 15, 2018 via mobile

We loved our visit here! What they do is amazing. Beautiful art work. I would prefer to see more modern items in the shop. If you're after amazing caves to visit this is not the place for you - the caves are pretty but only...More

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Julie S, Responsable relations clients at Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2018

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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

We had to pay an entrance fee to get a very short guided tour whigh ended in a tacky shop. It was actually mainly about trying to sell us as much stuff as possible. The cave was tiny and the tour was only in French....More

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Julie S, Responsable relations clients at Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2017

The visit is in French but we lend a document in Dutch Italian Spanish English and German for foreigners so that they can understand our art craft. The guide speaks English, like hostess at the end of the visit. We are here to answer to...More

Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

I realise there isn't much more they could show you but this is basically three rooms and a tunnel which in my opinion wasn't worth the money. English guidebooks are provided and the staff speak English so no problems for us there but the exhibit...More

1  Thank framlo
Julie S, Responsable relations clients at Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2016

Thank you for your comment. Les Fontaines Pétrifiantes are not just 3 rooms and a tunnel, but a company which since 1821 creates art crafts in limestone. The visit allows you to understand the whole history, from the cave where springs come out, to the...More

Reviewed December 28, 2015

Once again one can even take dogs :-) fascinating tour of a stunning production. Nature rocks - literally :-)

Thank EmmaCrews
Julie S, Chargée de communication at Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2016

Thank you for your comment ! Greetings.

Reviewed October 2, 2015

Excellent place to visit and learn about the calcification process within. Lovely small town although has enjoyed a better pas. Some great cafe's on the main street and the cheese is fantastic

Thank Steven L
Julie S, Chargée de communication at Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2015

Thank you for your comment ! Saint-Nectaire is known for the cheese, our artcraft and also its wonderfull church with a romanesque architecture ! Regards

Reviewed August 10, 2015

Went to view attraction as weather was not the best so figured find somewhere indoors to spend a little time. The level of craftsmanship is really impressive and the detail of the pieces once petrified is quite amazing. A nice way to spend an hour...More

Thank RJN539
Julie S, Chargée de communication at Fontaines Petrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2015

Thank you for your comment ! Greetings.

Reviewed May 2, 2014

Nature is just amazing. We did a self-guided tour with the Tourist Book (in English) - Video in French (luckily the book gives you the low-down in writing). Quite a quick tour (good if you're with children) however you can take your time - touch...More

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Reviewed December 23, 2013

I heard of the art of petrification before coming here, but I was amazed by the simplicity of the concept and of course the quality of the artwork. The result is somewhere between fine china and marble. I recommend this tour into the heart of...More

1  Thank Lip_Aug
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Interesting concept.The tour starts in a cave with small stalactites etc then to a chamber where the calcified water is fed over objects and plaques to form "stone" trinkets.

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