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La Madeleine
La Madeleine
La Madeleine
La Madeleine, a troglodytic village
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La Madeleine, a troglodytic village

Located between Le Moustier and Tursac, the architectural treasure of la Madeleine is nestled within a meander of the Vézère river. This underground village was built into the cliff at mid-height and inhabited from medieval times to the 19th century. When a prehistoric deposit (not open to the public, listed at World Heritage by UNESCO) was discovered here at the water's edge in 1863, a period of prehistory was named from this village : The Magdalenian. Set off for a voyage through 17000 years as soon as you enter. You'll discover living areas dug into the rock ; see a 14th century Gothic chapel, and when you reach the top, explore the vestiges of a 13th century fortified castle. It is recommended to tour in the morning.

Dates and opening hours

Open everyday from the 1st of march until the 15th of november
March, April, November: 10h – 18h
May, June, September: 10h – 19h
July- August: 9h30 – 20h
October: 10h – 18h30
February: 10h – 18h. Open with reservation. Only group. Minimum 15p. Group price and guided tour included.


  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant snack
  • Giftshop
  • Free parking
  • Toilets
  • Animals permitted
  • Photos allowed
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Holiday cheques accepted
  • Partial access for persons with reduced mobility
  • World Heritage
  • Monument historique
* This route is provided for information. You may have to follow a different route because of works, traffic jam, weather conditions, diversions or other disturbances.

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