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    The Sistine Chapel
    of cave art

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Do you know how to access the current auction process to visit the Altamira caves?
Do you agree with the current way the tickets to access the Altamira Caves are being auctioned?

The mission of this website is to collect opinions on whether we should be able to auction part of the admissions to the Altamira caves.

As a citizen of the world I would like to gather the information of the eternal dichotomy: to preserve and maintain with the common sense that we have inherited it from our ancestors and the rich creation for the generation that we represent and therefore take the necessary decisions.

The Altamira caves are world heritage, it is mine and yours! Therefore, I feel compelled that we should express our point of view with the sense of the responsibility to collect the data and for it to be shared with whom represent and legislate. Nothing more humane than to democratically take action for something that belongs equally to everyone.

I invite you to vote and thank you in advance

The Altamira Cave is a natural cavity located in the rock in which remains one of the most significant pictorial and artistic cycles of prehistoric. It is located in the Spanish in the town of Santillana del Mar, Cantabria, about two kilometers from the center, in a field from which the cave took the name.

The paintings and engravings of the cave belong to the Solutrean and Magdalenian periods and mainly, some others, to Gravettian and early Aurignacian, the latter based on tests using uranium series. In this way, you can ensure that the cave was used for several periods, making a total of 22 000 years of occupation, from about 35,600 to 13,000 years ago, when the main entrance was sealed by a landslide within the Upper Paleolithic .

It contains multicolored paintings, engravings, black, red and ochre paintings that depict animals and anthropomorphic figures, abstract and non-figurative paintings. As for its polychrome ceiling, it has received qualifiers such as

“The Sistine Chapel of the cave art”
“The most extraordinary manifestation of this Paleolithic art”

that indicate the high quality and beauty of the work of Magdalenian man in this enclosure. It was declared World Heritage by the Unesco in 1985. In 2008 it became an extension of the nomination for another 17 caves of the Basque Country, Asturias and Cantabria itself, renamed the « Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Rock Art of the North of Spain».

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