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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



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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