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Loire Valley - Troglodyte Village of Rochemenier

 

 

 

 

 

One of the most complete remaining examples of underground or cave living is the Troglodyte village of Rochemenier which is in the commune of Louresse-Rochemenier 6 km NW of Doue-la-Fontaine, just of the D761. Part of the troglodyte village has been retained as a museum to a way of life that was still in existence in the 1930’s. You are presented with a plan which leads you through the twenty rooms of the village consisting of two ancient farms with out-buildings and houses plus a spectacular underground chapel carved out of the rock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you reflect on how it must have been to live in these small dwellings you are shown a modernised room that you could survive relatively comfortably in today. The impression given however is that the village’s inhabitants must have been really ‘close’ to have lived in such a tight knit community.

 

 

 

This is a good place to take children as apart from the historical interest they’ll love exploring the caves --- oh and by the way—“MIND YOUR HEAD!”

 

The village is open :

 

February Sat-Sun: 2pm - 6pm

Mon 25th-Thurs 28th: 2pm - 6pm

 

March  Tues-Sun: 10am - 6pm

Closed: Mon and 1st Sunday of the month

 

April - September Everyday: 9.30am - 7pm

Closed: May 1rst

 

October - November Tues-Sun: 10am - 6pm

Closed: Mon and 1st Sunday of the month + Nov 11th

 

December -closed

 

Rates:

adult: 5.50 €

child from 6 years old: 3.10 €

child 0 - 5 years old: free

 

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External links:

 

http://www.troglodyte.fr       Official websitel

 

 

 

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"Author: Jim Craig"

 

 

 

 

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