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The village of Soyons|The Tower leaning and view on the Rhone Valley| Photo musée de Soyons The cave of Nero |Park miniature Ardèche| The Fox hole|Photo musée de Soyons  Tower-porch of the Church|

A journey through time

At the edge of the Rhône village are is proud of its prehistoric past. Caves have been inhabited since Neanderthal. Discover in the heart of historic old streets, the archaeological museum, the Park "Ardèche miniature" and a botanical course.

Brief summary of history

As early as the Palaeolithic, the caves of the Guercy greenhouse provide habitats shelter for Neanderthals. They will be occupied by human alternating with large carnivores (lions, hyenas and cave bears). The man of Cro-Magnon succeeded Neanderthal with outdoor habitats and two areas of butchering of mammoths in the neighborhood of Leches. Neolithic populations moved then to let us be.

During Roman, let us be becomes a secondary agglomeration that will occupy the place of the current village. In the middle ages, a Principality possessed a royal Abbey and a Carolingian Church. The village and the plateau are rimmed by ramparts, the leaning being the remains of the donjon of a strong Tower. The wars of Religion will be be besieged and destroyed several times.

The archaeological museum

The archaeological museum shows the objects uncovered during archaeological excavations are and surroundings. Are referred to the life of the man in the Paleolithic and Mesolithic, Cave and outdoor habitats and technique and the diversification of tools. The centerpiece of the Museum is the mammoth discovered in 1986 in the District of the Leches.

The Gallo-Roman period is illustrated by coins, ceramics, amphorae and everyday objects from the Oppidum de Malpas. For the middle ages, ceramics, coins, weapons and Carolingian architectural elements, bear witness to this time.
Archaeological Museum - Phe goddess Soio, 07130 Soyons - Tel. 33 (0)

The caves are

On the site, we discover two caves prehistoric and accessible concretions by the botanical trail.

The cave of Nero Invites to a journey to the heart of prehistory. Research has led to find Neanderthal human remains bearing traces of of grubbing up of flesh. As well as bones including bears, hyenas and lions of the caves.

The Fox hole plunges into the underworld and allows access to a splendid network of stalactites and stalagmites. We view the work of seepage water which carve this underground milieu with a magical setting of stalagmites, stalactites, draperies and columns.

For all information Archaeological Museum and caves - Tel. 33 (0)
Visit: 1 April to 31 October: Wednesday to Sunday from 14 h to 18 h.
July and August: every day from 10 h to 19 h

The Church and the leaning tower

The Church is built in the 12th century on a Carolingian sanctuary. It preserves very beautiful Carolingian sculptures, of the remains of a closing of the first half of the 9th century. The rectangular building had a semi-circular apse.

On the other hand, the leaning of the end of the 12th century tower is the only vestige of the medieval fortifications of the plateau of Malpas. Of quadrangular plan today in ruins, it presents an inclination due to demolition work that followed the capture of the village and fort by the Royal troops in 1629.

Park miniature Ardèche

On a 2800 m² Park, the Ardèche train Garden features among the most remarkable of Ardèche sites: the famous Pont d'Arc in the Mont Gerbier de Jonc via grotte Chauvet, the Lake of Issarlès or even market Lamastre and safari of Peaugres. Garden trains (scale 1/22nd) baste between more than 900 bonsai, crossing rivers, tunnels and stations.
Ardèche Miniatures - 1230, route de Nîmes, 07130 Soyons - Tel. 33 (0) 4 75 60 96 58.

The routes passing through this place

Useful information :

Address :
07130 Soyons

Good to know :
Rhône Crussol tourism 1 Rue de la République, 07130 Saint-Péray Tel. 33 (0) 4 75 40 46 75

Free of charge.

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