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Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean of Aubeterre

Le Bourg, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
+33 5 45 98 65 06
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Extraordinary and well worth visiting

This huge church was carved out of the hillside about 800 years ago. It was even larger originally... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A day out

Very interesting - a great way to pass half an hour too! Very scenic town with this amazing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Le Bourg, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
+33 5 45 98 65 06
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This huge church was carved out of the hillside about 800 years ago. It was even larger originally but the outer portion collapsed many years ago. Not only can you walk around the floor area but you can climb 80 or so stairs to the...More

Thank Stanley1871
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting - a great way to pass half an hour too! Very scenic town with this amazing feature. Closes between 1pm/2pm and very busy when first re-opened - if you have time wait till a by later when it's not so crowded. Wonderful ceramics...More

Thank Loops62
Reviewed 1 week ago

This very old church is carved into the Cliffside. It is very old and as such it is very worn in places. The audio guide was helpful and the visit was well worth it.

Thank Colin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dug downwards INTO the rock this is a amazing feat of construction well over 1000 years ago. Commentary on handset in English. Well worth a visit

Thank davidholroyd
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This is apparently one of only two churches in Europe that have been literally carved out of the rock. So it's a cave but it is really a 12th century church, carved out over 10 years, complete with a minolithic reliquaire, huge pillars, crypts etc....More

Thank Slow2Melt
Reviewed 20 June 2017

What a revelation! Could not believe our eyes when we ventured in this underground church cut into the rock. Had an eerie feel being cold and damp but looking into the crypt and seeing how the bodies were stacked in burial was fascinating. Climbing the...More

Thank Just_a_Giraffe
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Definitely one to see. You don't see places like this everyday. It's awe inspiring. Lovely and cool inside on a hot day. Not sure how elderly people or those with very young would manage as it's quick tricky steps wise. It's only a 30 minute...More

Thank APennyforthem
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Interesting experience in visiting this church which is very ancient and well worth a visit. This is a huge chamber carved out of rock with a gallery which is up a steep stair case. Not ornate like a lot of churches and is in fact...More

1  Thank ian239
Reviewed 9 June 2017

I wouldn't get too ecstatic about this place because it's basically one room with a stone balustrade and a crypt and you pay 6 euros for the privilege and I think we were there for 20-30mins tops. Quite a unique venue and there are hand...More

Thank Rod G
Reviewed 8 June 2017

5 of us(adults) visited the subterranean church which is a must. Children should see the dedication shown by the engineers and workmen to a place of worship. It is a truly magnificent structure hewn out of the rock with simple tools and hard labour. Historically...More

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