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“unbelievable” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean of Aubeterre

Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean of Aubeterre
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
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Type: Religious Sites, Caverns/ Caves
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Derby, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“unbelievable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Taken here by friends who had visited it before. Worth the entrance fee. A church hollowed out of the rock but with galleries and stairs. Amazing

Visited June 2013
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Deux Sevres
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104 reviews 104 reviews
38 attraction reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Subterranean church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

You step through a hole in a rock face and you are in a vast underground church that has been cut into the rock. The vast size is amazing and the church is still used and is a popular wedding venue. Worth a visit when in the area.

Visited August 2012
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

This is truly the most amazing structure and one of the most important sites of its kind in the world. this is not really a monolith but is a subterranean structure cut into the limestone under what was the local chateau 900 years ago. Its dimensions are amazing with a height of around 60 feet.Words cannot do justice to this amazing structure so I just ask you please to visit,

Visited June 2013
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“Monolithic Church Aubeterre”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We have visited this church a number of times as the village is very nearby. The best time was when there was a flower festival held in the church.

Visited July 2012
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London
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“Impressive link to the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

A picturesque quiet french village you pass down the road leading from the village square and come across what appears to be some kind of cave. What you are entering is an impressive and incredible link to the past. To have constructed an ediface of this size would have taken time and money and highlights the importance of the location as a major pilgrimage and religious site filled with relics and literally bodies seeking burial in a sacred place. Over time all that remains is the impressive soaring cave like interior and crypt and a huge stone monolith carved from a single piece of stone and once painted and covered in banners. An audio guide comes with the 5 euro entrance fee.

Visited May 2013
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