Lombrive, one of Europe’s largest caves
It is exceptional in its gigantism. With its network of 39 kms of galleries running over 7 levels, it is the largest in Europe. Like its neighbors, the Niaux and Sabart caves, it opens into the Cap de la Lesse massif.
For centuries, it has served as a refuge for men, who have hidden or sheltered themselves out of sight. It is said to have welcomed the Cathar bishop Amiel Aicard after the fall of Montségur, and the nobles during the French Revolution.
The cave has therefore been known for a very long time, as attested by the numerous signatures and other signs engraved on the walls.
But it was not until 1822 that the Garrigou family (father and son) and J-F Rambaud began more extensive excavations, uncovering a large number of human bones.
A visit to the Lombrives cave
The tour reveals the history of the cave and its legends. It begins by crossing the Carène before continuing on the Faille. You then enter the crime passage, which opens onto the largest room: the Amphitheatre, a natural stage for cultural events designed to awaken the magic of the place.
A grand staircase leads you to the cemetery, the emblematic site of the Lombrives cave, where numerous bones were discovered; this was the burial place of early man.
You continue your visit along galleries decorated with unusual concretions before coming face to face with the Pyrene tomb.
According to Greek mythology, she is the origin of the Pyrenees. Finally, the lake awaits you with the strange movement of its waters.
Several tours and activities are offered
Information on the Lombrives caves website: https: //www.grottedelombrives.com/
To visit the Lombrives cave, book a pitch at your La Marmotte campsite or a mobile home in Ariège.