Explore the Ariège and go back in time in the footsteps of our ancestors ...
Embark on a journey through 16 years of history!

01

Mas d'Azil cave

A geological curiosity and a giant of Prehistory! Let yourself be carried away by the magic of the place ... The immensity of its cavities, the modern lighting and the prehistoric remains that it conceals are so many wonders that the Grotte du Mas-d'Azil invites you to discover.

The interpretation center will allow you to discover the life of the first men who occupied the site and the guided tour will make you relive the excavations of archaeologists through their discoveries.

1,5 km away, with the same ticket, the museum will complete your visit with the presentation of a rich collection of prehistoric objects from the cave.

02

Bédeilhac cave

Explore an extraordinary underground landscape with its huge rooms, spectacular concretions dating back millions of years and incredible prehistoric remains.

During this trip you will meet Cro-Magnon who, 16 years ago, decorated the cave, using various techniques, as astonishing as they are rare, such as painting, engraving or modeling on clay. He even left the imprint of his hand.

03

Cave of the Cow

To speak of Prehistory in Ariège without mentioning the Cave of the Cow would be a serious failure. The Cave of the Cow is a true giant of Prehistory!

She delivered thousands of objects to archaeologists: animal bones and teeth, tools and weapons, but
also? sublime decorated objects all finer and more delicate than each other. Visiting this archaeological site means discovering the intimacy and life of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.

This site closed to the public in 2020 and will reopen soon.

04

Cave of Niaux

With the emotion of an explorer and by the light of a lamp, follow in the footsteps of the Cro-Magnons: you have an appointment with a part of your history.

The visit will allow you to admire, like nowhere else, the authentic paintings of our ancestors which are concentrated in the Salon Noir; superb paintings of animals associated with enigmatic signs, which will transport you to distant times for a sacred adventure ...

05

Prehistoric Park

Travel back in time to the heart of the daily life of Cro-Magnons ... Walk in the footsteps of prehistoric men for a day.

Throughout the activity workshops, you will learn to hunt, to cut flint, to light a fire like 16 years ago, to excavate like an archaeologist or to paint on the walls of a cave that is larger than life. !
The Grand Atelier, a 2 m² museographic space, will introduce you to the art of Prehistory through films, objects and life-size replicas such as the reproduction of the Salon Noir in the cave of Niaux, of the “forbidden Niaux” and the Marsoulas cave.

06

Foix castle

After work worthy of the greatest medieval construction sites, the new castle of Foix welcomes you: welcome to the XNUMXth century!

Discover a 2 m² museum space and get to know the Counts of Foix. On its rock, the castle is also getting a facelift: immersive decorations, participatory workshops and breathtaking war and construction machines: certainly an unforgettable visit!

07

Palace of the Bishops of Saint-Lizier

Look up and contemplate the superb Renaissance paintings of Notre-Dame-de-la-Sède Cathedral. You will then understand its nickname “Ariège Sistine Chapel”

A visit to the Bishops' Palace, alternately bishopric, prison or insane asylum, will also reveal the history of Couserans and the development of the site thanks to a completely new museum. Discover the monetary treasure and its 13 pieces, the models and interactive devices, the psychiatric history of the place and the new objects taken from the reserves for the occasion.