The association Carrefour des Troglodytes (Anjou-Touraine-Poitou) came into existence in 1974 out of the desire to bypass existing administrative entities in the interests of preserving and promoting those sites that do not qualify for the Historic Monuments classification. Over the years, the CATP has become a specialist in our subterranean heritage (especially cave dwellings).
The association has either originated or been associated with the various activities related to preservation and promotion of the subterranean heritage of our region. As the only organization which has maintained a continued presence in this area, it has played a determining role in ensuring that this legacy be respected and valued not only by the local population and the various local governmental entities, but also at the national governmental level.
In 1990, this led to the opening of a center to welcome school groups studying this heritage, at the site Les Perrières in Doué-la-Fontaine. The Rectorate of the Academy of Nantes and the Office of Cultural Affairs of the Pays de la Loire region have tasked the association with running these educational projects.
The CTATP has also been asked by various institutional partners and local communities to provide technical support to people who are making improvements to their caves.
With its 30 years of experience, the CTATP is recognized today for its expertise and its large network of associated partners: it is a major actor for our subterranean heritage from promotion to education to engineering.
The CTATP also makes arrangements for the participation of outside professionals: architects, geologists, archeologists, historians, storytellers, skilled workers, site administrators...
Bernard Tobie, President
Chantal Archaux, Vice-President
Patrick Edgard Rosa, Vice-President
Henri de Fontanges, Treasurer
Jacques Bartholeyns, Secretary
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