Altamira Cave overview
Modern name(s) Altamira Cave
Region Europe
Section Iberian peninsula
Latitude 43.37662506 N suggest info
Longitude 4.11893293 W
Status Accurate location
Info Altamira is a cave in Spain famous for its Upper Paleolithic cave paintings featuring drawings and polychrome rock paintings of wild mammals and human hands.

Its special relevance comes from the fact that it was the first cave in which prehistoric cave paintings were discovered. When the discovery was first made public in 1880, it led to a bitter public controversy between experts which continued into the early 20th century, as many of them did not believe prehistoric man had the intellectual capacity to produce any kind of artistic expression. The acknowledgement of the authenticity of the paintings, which finally came in 1902, changed forever the perception of prehistoric human beings.
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43.376625, -4.118933 === 43.376625 N, 4.118933 W === 43° 22' 35.9" N, 4° 7' 8.2" W
Web Altamira Cave at Museo de Altamira (with map)
Altamira Cave at Wikipedia
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Cueva de Las Chimeneas, circa 15.7 km (9.8 mi) south-east
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Cueva de El Sidrón, circa 97.8 km (60.8 mi) west
Sierra de Atapuerca, circa 122.1 km (75.8 mi) south-east
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Rauda, Roa de Duero, circa 187.5 km (116.5 mi) south
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Pompaelo, Pamplona, circa 210.3 km (130.7 mi) east
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Database ID 1597, created 8 Oct 2010, 19:30, Last changed 8 Oct 2014, 22:31