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Aven Armand, The Cevennes

The main cavern of Aven Armand

Louis Armand discovered the caverns when he fell into a swallow hole (where a stream once disappeared underground) while walking on the Causse Mejean in Lozère; today the entrance is by funicular railway. He described it in these words: “Superb, magnificent, a veritable forest of stone” which to me don't really do it justice.

The main cavern is 110 metres long, 60 metres wide, and averages 45 metres high. Visits are always guided. Invariably in France the guides speak only French so it helps to be able to understand a little of the language, although the overwhelming magnificence of Aven Armand can be appreciated without it.

Cluster of stalagmites

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