Prehistoric ‘Sistine Chapel’ to remain closed

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Prehistoric ‘Sistine Chapel’ to remain closed

THE Altamira cave, named the ‘Sistine Chapel’ of Paleolithic art, will remain closed to the public for the time being.

The cave, north of Santander, was due to re-open this month after an eight-year break.

But a panel of international experts has now concluded that re-opening the UNESCO heritage site is not advisable.

Altamira was closed in 2002 after concerns over the impact of body heat on the fragile pre-historic paintings.

The experts have promised to give their final decision by 2012.

The cave’s life-like drawings of deer, boar, bison and horses date back at least 14,000 years.

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