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Grotte de Saint Cézaire

by Bert Schwarz

The Saint-Cézaire' cave was discovered on June 16, 1890 by a farmer who saw a hole in clearing his field. While digging more, a chasm appeared. Stairs were installed to open the cave to the visitors. In 1920, the film Phroso by Charles Vanel shot in particular in the cave contributes to its fame. Its lighting by powerful projectors reveals the transparency of the crystallizations. After 6 years of closure, the cave was reopened in 1946 to the delight of visitors who appreciate this unique site in the Alpes Maritimes.

Grotte de Saint Cézaire

Author, Camera, Edit :
Bert Schwarz

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The cave of Saint Cézaire is not far away from Grasse, close to the village. We leave Grasse to follow the route towards St. Cezaire sur Siagne and Cabris. Then we followed the signs to Saint Cézaire ignoring the GPS' orders. Inside the karst cave, we had been stunned by a real flood of extraordinary formations. Inside the cave we enter several rooms, which are connected by narrow corridors. Colours are dominated by the reddish tone of iron oxide creating a magnificent warm atmosphere.

Whe pass the cave's skeleton and listen to the sound of the "cave organ" which consists of numerous stalactites producing very clear pure sounds when struck. That does not get boring even the kids have lots of fun. The tour does not require special physical fitness. Few stairs are not particularly steep. At the end of the tour we pass the so-called abyss. Only a few meters are visible, then the scenicly illuminated abyss fades into the karst crevices.

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