Text and photos by Michel AZEMA
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|"Aven" is a french name which designates a big underground cavity.
Aven Armand is certainly the most beautiful cave of France (that is my personal opinion). It has been discovered in 1897 by Louis Armand, a shepherd who had lost some sheep into a small hole on the ground. Louis Armand and Edouard Alfred Martel, the great speleologist, have explored the hole which was in fact the entrance of an unique huge cavity of 75 m high, higher than Notre-Dame cathedral, with more than 400 stalagmites, one of them is 30 meters high! Aven Armand is located onto a flat plateau (alt. 1000 m) which name is Causse Méjean, near Meyrueis (Lozère) a small touristic village which is also my birthplace! ;-)
This area, also called "Les Causses" is certainly the wildest and one of the most beautiful area of France.
Tél. (33) 04.66.45.61.31
Opening days: From 21 March until 3 November
|The building of the cave where is located the upper station of the funicular.|
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