The legend of the Gouffre de Padirac

The fabulous Gouffre de Padirac, formerly known as the Devil's Hole, could not but attract legends. Some speak of the flames that sometimes escape from it. Others evoke a fabulous treasure that the English soldiers would have hidden there at the end of the 100 years war.
Another legend says that the Devil, wanting to challenge Saint-Martin, would have formed the abyss with a heel strike.
If Saint-Martin succeeded in crossing the abyss, the Devil would give him the souls of the damned peasants that he would lead to hell.
Spurring on his mule and carried by his faith, the Saint, with a prodigious leap of the animal, would have reached the other side of the crater and would have left a hoof print in the rock that can still be seen today...
The Devil, defeated and vexed, would then have disappeared at the bottom of the abyss.

 

The hidden treasure of the Gouffre de Padirac

A second, equally famous legend feeds the memory of the Gouffre de Padirac, drawing on the medieval history of the region. At the end of the Hundred Years' War, a group of English soldiers led by Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of King Edward III, better known as the "Black Prince", hid a fabulous treasure in the abyss, wrapped in a calf skin.

The peasants have always coveted this mysterious booty but fear prevented them from descending into the abyss. When Édouard-Alfred Martel, the discoverer of the galleries and the underground river of the Goure de Padirac, bought the land around the site in order to open the chasm to the public, the owners demanded that he add a clause to the contract that would guarantee them a part of the loot if he were to find it.

 

Chasm of Padirac
The chasm
46500 Padirac


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Le Gouffre de Padirac

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Le gouffre de Padirac est un spectacle souterrain unique au monde où se croisent des hommes et des pierres de légende. Édouard-Alfred Martel, inventeur de la spéléologie moderne, dont la vie est un roman à la Jules Verne, fut le premier, en 1889, à explorer ce qui sera son grand ouvre. Il initie l'incroyable aventure souterraine de Padirac, l'un des sites touristiques les plus visités en France. Une descente de 103 m mène à une rivière de 20 km et à plus de 40 km de galeries explorées. Le visiteur, lui, peut en parcourir 1,1 km et découvrir un patrimoine naturel saisissant : la salle du Grand Dôme, dont le plafond culmine à 94 m, la Grande Pendeloque de 60 m de haut, le Lac Supérieur, le Pas du Crocodile, le Lac de la Pluie. autant de monuments que la nature a mis des siècles à sculpter.
Le Gouffre de Padirac

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Le gouffre de Padirac: Livre d'activités

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Situé en vallée de Dordogne, le gouffre de Padirac est le plus célèbre gouffre d'Europe. Il a été exploré pour la première fois par Édouard-Alfred Martel en 1889. Ce livre d'activité nous explique plein de choses sur le Gouffre, son exploration, son histoire... On apprend aussi en s'amusant grâce aux jeux (avec autocollants !) et aux quiz.

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