Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. The paintings primarily depict large animals, once native to the region. Discovered in 1940, the caves were given statutory historic monument protection in the same year. In 1979, several decorated caves of the Vézère Valley - including the Lascaux cave - were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
Opened in December 2016, "The Centre International de l’Art Pariétal Montignac-Lascaux" contains seven distinct zones, one of which is Lascaux 4 - a completely new and highly accurate reproduction of the caves, including its distinctive atmosphere.