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Troglodytes & Sarcophages

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Address: 1 rue de la Croix Mordret, 49700, Doue-la-Fontaine, France
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+33 6 77 77 06 94

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Down in history

Interesting visit to a unique phenomenon in this part of France. Only partly unearthed. It is almost unbelievable that 35000 sarcophages have been cut out of this 'soft' stone. We... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2016
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Interesting visit to a unique phenomenon in this part of France. Only partly unearthed. It is almost unbelievable that 35000 sarcophages have been cut out of this 'soft' stone. We were almost alone and got great additional information (also about the local rose culture) from an elderly gentleman, who clearly had heart for the place. Nice small souvenir shop. I... More 

Thank Pearl49
Albany, New York
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58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Not knowing much about the these structures or their history, this tour was very informative. Our guide from Boston was very enthusiastic and jovial. We learned a lot. Note that this particular site seemed to have limited opening times, so check before you go.

3 Thank Vera1603
Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 20 June 2015

Unusual. Photos were great. Life in caves, farming life. Certainly not boring. Great value for money. Loads of parking.

Thank Lynfa F
Bristol, United Kingdom
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241 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2014

I didn't know what to expect but found the place so interesting yet bizarre. There have even been sarcophygi (sorry about the spelling) in England. You can clearly see the carving marks left by the stonemasons. You are invited to try out a hole in the ground used to store grain (literally to climb inside it) and to top it... More 

Thank Colgate50
Perth, Australia
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158 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2014

It was an afternoon well spent for 6 euros. However beware of opening hours. There is only one or two guided tours per day, make sure you find out beforehand. Perhaps more in summer?!? This troglodyte has served its purpose throughout history. From the vikings invasions, sarcophagus that were massively carved at a rate of one every twelve hours. It... More 

2 Thank joco1964
Davis, California
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2013

This place is unique in that it was a sarcophagus factory until the 8th century-- a different story than other troglodytes in the area. Our tour guide was a volunteer from the UK who had come over specifically to run English-speaking tours in exchange for room and board. I wish there were opportunities like that when I was young. Informative... More 

2 Thank Serena W
Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2013

The site was very impressive and the guided tour was incredibly in-depth and informative. A great place to escape the midday heat and full of history.

1 Thank EandNB
Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013

This was very interesting and informative and the workings are quite shallow so you are not too far underground. We had excellent guides who were English students working for bed & board to improve their French.

Thank Colin H

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