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Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean of Aubeterre

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Address: Le Bourg, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
Phone Number: +33 5 45 98 65 06
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An amazing place

This Church is really amazing .. we were fascinated by all items we discovered there. You are able to get an Audio guide with details on the Church and people.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This Church is really amazing .. we were fascinated by all items we discovered there. You are able to get an Audio guide with details on the Church and people.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This doesn't look much from the outside but is fascinating inside - though you do need to get the audio devices to make the most of it (in 4 languages I think, but definitely got them in English). Hollowed out of the ground and quite expansive considering the tools that would have been used. Its about 5 minutes gentle amble... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A unique place and very atmospheric. You have to admire the skills and labour of the original workers. Little else to recommend in the area but this is definitely worth a detour to see.

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Didn't quite know what to expect but found this church, hollowed out of the cliff face, to be one of the most impressive sights I have seen anywhere. One can only marvel at the skills of the mediaeval crafsmen who produced it. If you are anywhere in the area, go and see it!

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

What amazes me is that this enormous building was started from the top on bare ground so they had to visualise what it was going to be like 17 m down and 'build' the columns, originally 14 of them, by removing the material round them. There is an ancient crypt only discovered when a lorry backing in collapsed the foundations.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit to this subterranean church and crypt. Definitely recommend using the audio sets, otherwise you don't appreciate the history. Very good value. I think it was about 20 euros for the family

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Colchester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great place to visit and see the church which is 17 metres high inside and cut out of the stone in Aubeterre.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful space, incredible amount of work. Lovely guide at the entrance. Good "sound stick" to talk you through everything.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We've been here a couple of times now, it's quite spectacular to see. It takes less than an hour to walk around and listen to the audio guide. There's a lot of steps to get to the upper gantry - and watch your step, I'm nursing a badly sprained ankle from slipping awkwardly on a step in the crypt.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

The church was carved inside the rock in the 13th century. Aubeterre's name comes from the color of the rock, white (aube=alba=white), so a sort of chalk, this explains how they were able to carve this enormous construction in just 10 years...It is simply breathtaking once you enter! All the noise and heat and worldly problems fade away in front... More 

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