The beautiful history of the Perrieres
All the ingredients of a fairy tale are there :
“Once upon a time, 10 million years ago, on the very grounds of the Doué-la-Fontaine of today, there were elephants, antelopes, tigers and the shallow sea that was there was populated with white sharks, whales, rays and saw fish. The tides gradually produced a submarine dune resulting in its stratification. Small sand dunes were stacked on top of each other together with the remains of all the animals living there. This dune whose layers are visible to the naked eye make up the sedimentary environment of this rock called “falun”. Originally sarcophagi were extracted from it, and then in the 19th century it was used for building stones.
The tour goes through caves that, having been used for extraction, now allow visitors to discover the site and its history since the radical geological changes having given birth to it, with the animals that populated it and men who dug out the site.
Although it is all about science, our interpretation is resolutely poetic and a simple wander through these caves frees your imagination whilst at the same time learning about the site.
All the narrative elements of the exhibition are based on scientific observations and advice in total adequation with whatever knowledge the visitor is endowed with.
Lucie Lom, artistic director of the Le Mystère des Faluns.