Grotte de Saint Cézaire

by Bert Schwarz

The cave of Saint-Cézaire was discovered on June 16, 1890 by a farmer who discovered a hole while clearing his field. While digging, a deep hole appeared. Stairs were installed to open the cave to visitors later. In 1920, the film Phroso by Charles Vanel, which was shot mainly in this cave, contributed to its fame. The lighting with powerful projectors shows the transparency of the crystals. The cave was closed for 6 years when it was reopened in 1946 to the delight of visitors who appreciate this unique place in the Maritime Alps.

Grotte de Saint Cézaire

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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The cave of Saint Cézaire is not far from Grasse and near the village of the same name. We leave Grasse and follow the route to St. Cézaire sur Siagne and Cabris. Then we follow the signs to Saint Cézaire and not the indications of the navi. In the karst cave we are then overwhelmed by a veritable flood of extraordinary formations. Inside the cave we enter several rooms connected by narrow corridors. The reddish hue of iron oxide dominates the colors, creating a wonderfully warm atmosphere.

We pass through the skeleton of the cave and hear the sound of the "cave organ", which is made of numerous stalactites and produces very clear, pure sounds when struck. This does not get boring, especially the children have a lot of fun. The tour does not require any special physical fitness. There are only a few stairs, and they are very steep. At the end of the tour we pass the so-called abyss. Only a few meters are visible, then it fades away picturesquely illuminated in the karst crevices.