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After a short incursion into the cave, you will stroll along the hot springs to the making workshops. There the secrets of a unique-of-is-kind artcraft have been preserved for 2 centuries. You will discover the craftsman’s ancestral know-how : the petrification craftsmanship. The Petrifying Fountain, with its amazing 14-meter-high waterfall will delight all your family. By the end of the visit, the calcium creations will not hold any secrets for you. You will be able to appreciate our wide range of low-reliefs and crystallizations.
Organize your visit : opening hours, fares and practical information
Explaining the connection between the volcanic upheavals and the petrifying springs
Subterranean immersion very near the geological phenomena
Discovering the ingenious filtering method of the thermal mineral springs
Unveiling the creation stages and secrets within the workshops
Video showing the ancestral gestures held by the Master Craftsman
Get to know the atelier's living heritage
Circuit about marking figures and events of petrification
Creative potential of the calcium matter on show
Understanding the craftsman's mastery of the physical-chemical process
Calcium creations on sale. Possible free entry.
Go for a thorough discovery of the Fontaines Pétrifiantes on a loop that takes about 55 minutes to make. Our pleasant and educational approach will meet everyone’s expectations. With your friends and family, that cultural and unusual visit is not to be missed if you come to Saint-Nectaire and the Sancy Massif. Not far from Le Mont-Dore and a few minutes away from Murol, the site Fontaines Pétrifiantes must be included in your holiday programme. The whole circuit is indoors. The hot springs warm up the petrifying cave for a temperate and confortable visit of the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire.
Organizing your coming to the Fontaines Pétrifiantes
The Atelier Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire is a major visiting site for your your holiday as a family or with friends. Located in the heart of the natural reserve of Auvergne volcanoes, only 1 hour away from Clermont-Ferrand, that business visit lasting about 55 minutes will please young and old people. The Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire is opened all year round without advance booking. Opening hours and entrance fees are available. Accessing to the circuit is adapted to everyone (disabled people, people in wheelchairs, children in pushchairs..).
Purchassing a decoration calcium artwork
In the workshops at the Fontaines Pétrifiantes de Saint-Nectaire, the caclium matter is used to an artistic purpose. The mastercraftsman in Petrification uses volcanic springs to implement his know-how Thermal mineral springs got harnessed and canalized to the petrifying fountain. The calcium low-reliefs depicting religious or mythical scenes, reproducing famous paintings,… are finely detailed. The calcite crystals also allow the making of decoration items with a shiny/glittering finish.