It is impressive stuff, and the village is littered with marble statues which have been carved by various sculptors over the years. There is an annual marble festival where sculptors compete over a weekend to create their masterpieces. The results of the annual festival are then displayed on a gorgeous walk from the village, up to the quarry, where the marble is still extracted, although probably not in the same quantities it was when they were sending it to Rome.
Liam and the lion, on a walk from the village to the marble quarry
a strategically placed marble seat, for rests along the way
great views over the plains towards the Pyrenees
a piece showing some of the colour variations in the marble
a sculptor's shelter, preparing for this year's competition
I am looking forward to the Marble festival this year....and feel I may find myself developing a more comprehensive post about the marble in Caunes.