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Ardèche : la grotte Chauvet entre au patrimoine mondial de l'Humanité

Par Germain Treille et Florence Beaudet, France Bleu Drôme-Ardèche dimanche 22 juin 2014 à 16:54

Grotte Chauvet: le panneau des chevaux
Grotte Chauvet: le panneau des chevaux © Radio France - Florence Beaudet

C'est fait ! Ce dimanche après-midi, l'Unesco a inscrit la grotte Chauvet au patrimoine mondial de l'humanité. Pratiquement vingt ans après sa découverte, c'est la reconnaissance de la "valeur universelle exceptionnelle" de ses peintures âgées de 36.000 ans. "Une fierté pour notre pays" pour le Président de la République.

L'attente aura été longue avant de voir le dossier évoqué devant le Comité des biens de l'UNESCO réuni à Doha au Qatar. Mais une fois devant les 21 États membres, l'examen de la candidature a été rondement mené, moins d'une demi-heure. Unanimité ! Ce dimanche 22 juin en début d'après-midi, l'UNESCO a inscrit la grotte ardéchoise et ses peintures rupestres datant de 36.000 ans au patrimoine mondial de l'Humanité, sous l'appellation "grotte ornée du Pont d'Arc dite grotte Chauvet". Le comité l'a salué comme "un témoignage unique et exceptionnellement bien préservé" .

"La grotte Chauvet appartient maintenant au monde" (Pascal Terrasse)

Un grand soulagement pour le député ardéchois Pascal Terrasse qui a défendu le dossier à Doha aux côtés de l'ambassadeur de France auprès de l'Unesco. Il a été très ému de l'accueil enthousiaste réservé au dossier.

Chauvet itw Terrasse

"C'est un endroit merveilleux et bouleversant" (Aurélie Filippetti)

La grotte ardéchoise rejoint ainsi la grande muraille de Chine ou l'Acropole d'Athènes. C'est le 39e site français à être ainsi consacré, le deuxième en Rhône-Alpes après le Vieux-Lyon. Le Président de la République François Hollande s'est félicité de cette inscription. D'après le communiqué de l'Élysée, "c'est une fierté pour notre pays que ce trésor de notre patrimoine, véritable chef d'oeuvre artistique et témoignage unique de l'histoire de l'humanité, soit ainsi reconnu". Une fierté pour la France souligne également la ministre de la Culture, Aurélie Filippetti.

Chauvet Réaction Filippetti

La joie à Vallon Pont d'Arc

La décision a été saluée par des cris de joie à la mairie de Vallon Pont d'Arc dans le Sud Ardèche. Une banderole a été aussitôt déployée sur le fronton de la mairie. Les habitants ont été invités à faire la fête ce dimanche soir. En attendant le grand son et lumière prévu le vendredi 27 juin.

Banderole grotte Chauvet mairie Vallon - Radio France
Banderole grotte Chauvet mairie Vallon © Radio France - William Borel

La grotte ne sera jamais ouverte au public mais faites-en la visite audio avec France Bleu Drôme Ardèche en cliquant ici !

 

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