This cave, which is only a few metres below the surface, was probably formed during the last ice ages, when the subsoil of the plateau could freeze to a depth of several dozen metres. During the summer, the surface layer could thaw out, thus favouring flows and the formation of dissolution galleries a few metres below the surface.
Between 68 and 70 AD, several peoples of Gaul and Germania rose up against the tutelage of Rome. At their head, several chiefs including a Lingon, Julius Sabinus, who declared himself great grandson of Julius Caesar. After some political and military victories won by this coalition, Roman legions from Italy and Spain managed to subdue this resistance movement in 70 AD.
This historical page of the Roman Empire is told in great detail by the writer Tacitus and the Greek philosopher Plutarch. They tell of the tragic end of Sabinus who, after hiding for several years in an underground location, was captured and executed in Rome in 79. Eponinia, his Lingon wife, was tortured with him.
Popular tradition locates Sabinus' underground refuge in this cave. However, there is no historical or archaeological evidence to support this location...
Panorama, source of the Marne, paths laid out and interpreted in the rocks to the source.
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All year except in hunting period.
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