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Pierre et Lumiere

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Address: Route de Gennes | St Hilaire St Florent, Saumur, France
Phone Number: +33 2 41 50 70 04
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So cool - especially for adults

Get the combo ticket with the Musee du Champignon - both take you deep into tufa caves. You will be surprised and delighted with the extraordinary work of one man. His... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2015
misticana
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Hoylake, United Kingdom
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New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

There are about two dozen sculptures of local churches and cityscapes. They are beautifully done and it's a nice walk. I am fairly well versed in French history, but didn't recognize half the town names let alone the buildings shown. So for me a bit overpriced for what I saw.

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Hoylake, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

Get the combo ticket with the Musee du Champignon - both take you deep into tufa caves. You will be surprised and delighted with the extraordinary work of one man. His recreations of several Loire villages are a real treat to visit. Have a warm layer for the cold cave!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

Wonderful amazing place. The sculptor took 3 years to carve all this sculpters out of the Rock Such intricate detail Worth every penny and you can combine with a visit to the mushroom caves just up the road on one ticket

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

This place has to be truly unique anywhere in the world and for that reason alone it has to be worth a visit. It is utterly eccentric and even if churches carved out of rock aren't quite your thing you have to doth your cap to the skill and dedication of the sculptor. The visit itself didn't take long, but... More 

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DeLand, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

Whimsical and unexpected. We enjoyed it and took many pictures. Its always a good idea to leave in time for spontaneous outings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

Not knowing what was being exhibited the visit was rewarding. The skill of the stone masons in developing the sculptures, the skilful manner in which they are illuminated, makes this a worthwhile visit whilst on this side of the Loire.

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2015

If you have never visited this area of France before then I would recommend a visit here first. There is a map that shows you where the sculptures get there inspiration from. These are the places that are all well worth a visit on your travels in the area. Each sculpture also has a very brief history with it as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2014

We never would have visited if our hosts hadn't encouraged us but were really glad we made the stop. The sculptures are beautifully done and lit and well worth a visit.

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Well worth a visit for all interested in local Historic Churches and Chateaux, or just those impressed with skillful sculpture & architectural detail. The sculptor has recreated scale models of many historic buildings in the region. I believe they were all carved on-site and many are cut directly into the Tufa Stone in the caves. There is also the explanation... More 

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Something a little bit different, local sites carved in miniature in the local Tufa stone. A definite fill in activity if you have an hour to spare.

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