The submerged main chamber
measures 60 metres across.
The cave is more than
100 metres in diameter
when all the flooded
areas are included
Entrance : -37 metres
175-metre long
underwater passage

THE COSQUER CAVE

 

The Cosquer Cave is located at Cape Morgiou, in the Calanques, near Marseilles. It can be accessed through a tunnel 175 metres in length, which is 37 metres under the sea level.

The unique feature of this cave is that it contains several dozen works painted and engraved between 27,000 and 19,000 years ago.

It is decorated with a variety of land animals, but also with seals and auks, fifty-five hand stencils, and numerous digital markings, dozens of geometric symbols, as well as the extraordinary representation of a "slain man".

In order to protect this exceptional site, but also for safety reasons, the cave is closed to the public. A three-dimensional reproduction of the cave was created by Electricité de France, permitting a "virtual visit".

Click here to visit the cave.

Scientific supervision : Jean Clottes and Jean Courtin