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Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean of Aubeterre

Le Bourg, 16390 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 August 15, 2017
Stanley1871
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Buckinghamshire
A day out

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

Reviewed August 10, 2017
Loops62
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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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Le Bourg, 16390 Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
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Reviewed August 15, 2017

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 August 10, 2017 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 August 10, 2017

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 August 1, 2017 via mobile

This subterranean church is what has put the lovely town of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne on the map. The sheer size of the church is amazing, and that it was carved into the mountain so long ago is incredible! The audio guide is very informative and you are...More

Thank Michelle R
Reviewed July 26, 2017 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 June 24, 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 June 24, 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 June 20, 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 June 12, 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 June 12, 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

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