Gouffre de Proumeyssac

by Bert Schwarz

The limestone cave of Proumeyssac, also known as the "Crystal Cathedral" because of its huge underground dome with a variety of shapes, was transformed into a "Cathedral of Light" in 2019. The lighting, new sounds and lights, carefully selected, allow the visitor to better understand the abilities of nature. This will be an overwhelming experience.

Gouffre de Proumeyssac

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

© travel-magazine TV 2020

Highlights
Gouffre de Proumeyssac
is called «Crystal Cathedral» because of its huge underground dome.
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The cave, already known in the 18th century by terrible legends, was finally explored in 1907. Proumeyssac was developed as «crystal cathedral» and is today the largest developed cave of the Périgord. Through a tunnel it is easy to get to this huge underground vault, whose walls are decorated with a multitude of crystallisations of exceptional density and beauty. The new Lighting, supported by a matching soundtrack, completes the uniqueness of a visit and leaves an unforgettable memory.

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

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

Our short visit gave us an impressive picture of nature beneath the surface.