A painting of a large male bison on the ceiling of the caves' polychrome chamber, shown in a 1985 file photo
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Spain's Altamira caves reopen for a day

28 February 2014 Last updated at 02:44 GMT

Spain's famous Altamira caves have briefly opened to the public, for the first time in 12 years.

Spaniards chosen in a draw marvelled at its Ice Age paintings of bison, bulls and other animals.

The visit, including time accessing the caves, lasted only just over half an hour - allowing the group about eight minutes to admire the paintings.

Alpa Patel reports.