Gouffre de Proumeyssac

by Bert Schwarz

The stalactite cave of Proumeyssac, also called the "Crystal Cathedral" because of its huge underground vault with a variety of shapes, will be transformed into a "Cathedral of Light" in 2019. The lighting, new sounds and lights that have been carefully selected will allow the visitor to better understand the capabilities of nature. This will be an overwhelming experience.

Gouffre de Proumeyssac

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

© travel-magazine TV 2020

The stalactite cave of Proumeyssac, which was already known in the 18th century through terrible legends, was finally explored in 1907. Proumeyssac was built as a "crystal cathedral" and is today the largest cave of the Périgord. Through a tunnel you can easily enter this huge underground vault, whose walls are decorated with a multitude of crystallizations of exceptional density and beauty. The new lighting, supported by musical accompaniment, completes the uniqueness of a visit and leaves an unforgettable memory.

Tropfsteinhöhle von Proumeyssac © Bert Schwarz
Tropfsteinhöhle von Proumeyssac © Bert Schwarz

In the past, the visitors descended in threes with a basket that was moved with real horse power. In 2019 a new gondola will be used to relive the emotions of the first visitors. More spacious than the previous one, 11 people at a time can now enjoy an even better view of the cave during the descent.

Our brief visit opened up an impressive picture created by nature beneath the surface of the earth.