Pierre et Lumiere

Pierre et Lumiere, Saumur: Hours, Address, Pierre et Lumiere Reviews: 4.5/5

Pierre et Lumiere
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Unique in its kind, Pierre et Lumière is an underground route where you can admire impressive sculptures representing the monuments and heritage of the Loire Valley. Hundreds of tons of stone were cut, cut and chiselled to the smallest detail. Nearly 3 years of work have been required to realize the sumptuous sculptures of castles, towns, villages and churches of our region, often carried out in low relief from the rock. A subtle luminous staging reveals the beauty of volumes and details. Lighting evolves, turns, changes colour to sublime every facet of the work. At the end of the visit, an unforgettable experience for children! A tuffeau stone, tools and wise advice. Here they are ready to create a memory that will remain etched in the stone and in their hearts.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Theresa Renaud
Le Pontet, France178 contributions
Mar 2020
we found this place quite interesting as it allows you to see many towns, cities in one spot - sculpted with great refinement - truly a must see - buy the 2 or 3 museum pass as it is more interesting
Written March 3, 2020
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Thank you Theresa for your feedback ! The opinions of our visitors are important to us. We hope to see you again in Pierre et Lumiere or in one of our two others tourist sites, Musée du Champignon and Jardins du Puygirault. Saumur TrogloNature Team
Written March 10, 2020
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1dirham
Wimborne Minster, UK126 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Not a lover of churches per se, however I can't deny that I was totally impressed by the skill, dedication and workmanship (workpersonship) of the sculpter who created the exhibits, that include churches and city panorama.
Written June 13, 2019
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bonnie
Rolling Hills Estates, CA413 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
These intricate carvings are lovely but were it not part of a three part ticket purchased with the mushroom caves, we would not have visited. Our visit took no more than 20 minutes with a general “hmmm” reaction.
Written October 21, 2018
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8ALT8
Stafford, UK8 contributions
Aug 2018
Beautiful intricate carvings of local places. The detail within the carvings are amazing. We spent approximately an hour visiting here.
Written September 1, 2018
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RobertAngell101
Maidenhead3 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Biggest disappointment. Sold as a village and saw churches. Sold as a light show and saw a few spotlights. Not knocking the skill involved in creating the pieces, but at the price of 32euros for a family of 4, I would hope for so much more. Only took 15 minutes as one piece looked the same as the next. A few impressive pieces for sure but they might as well have taken the money straight out of my wallet. Nothing for children during the visit to get excited about but they were charged 7euros each- some rock scraping at the end to try. What was even worse was reviewing previous comments, children were free in June 2018... how does that work???
Written August 13, 2018
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Moorsie
Chichester, UK160 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We decided to visit the caves with the carvings after reading the flier at our campsite. The promise of underground experience of carvings and lights seemed to be a god afternoon spent.

A family of 4 (over 6 years old have to pay) cost €32 and we walked around the cave in 21 minute which included stopping to take pictures.

The carvings were OK but nothing overly amazing. Admittedly the artist had had no training and completed all the carving within 3 years.

I am not saying I could do any better but when two families have spent €64 it was over priced. If the children were free then it would be value for money.

The children did enjoy the carving at the end but the promise of lights and carvings to be met with the carvings lit by a few spot lights was very underwhelming.

Written August 13, 2018
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Maria A
London, UK117 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We visited Pierre et Lumiere with our 10 yo son and all of us found it a nice experience. It is unbelievable that inside the caves of the troglodyte environment, there was an artist who had the inspiration to sculpture all local churches and landmarks and a great panoramic view of the Saumur landscape underground! There is a combined ticket offer for the museum of mushrooms next door and for a garden.
Written August 7, 2018
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CoupeColonel
Wareham, UK350 contributions
Jun 2018
While the carving is well executed I was left a little underwhelmed by this very widely advertised site. The cool of the caves is welcome on a hot day, but unless you have visited the real thing (which we had in most cases) you cannot really appreciate the display. At €7.50 for adults and free for children it is not too expensive, so perhaps one to reserve for a rainy day. The next door gardens are worth a look.
Written June 18, 2018
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Stephen W
Newton Aycliffe, UK558 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Worth a visit as the sculptures carved out of the solid rock in the caves represent some of the must see places in this wonderful area of the Loire valley.
Written June 1, 2018
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MalvernMoneyman
Great Malvern, UK72 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
Very well presented carvings of some well known and some less well known churches and other local buildings of note.
A pleasant interlude if in Saumur as quite close. Continue along the Loire towards Angers to see some lovely villages and views.
Written October 2, 2017
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