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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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Unique and cool in every sense of the word

This is apparently one of only two churches in Europe that have been literally carved out of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Slow2Melt
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Richmond, United Kingdom
Fascinating!

What a revelation! Could not believe our eyes when we ventured in this underground church cut into... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Just_a_Giraffe
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Le Bourg, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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 LilybellesMum
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

Thank DAVID T
Reviewed 12 May 2017

This is the most amazing place to visit, truly jaw dropping. The scale is hard to imagine until you are inside then wow! Audio guide is really useful but just wander around and take in this incredible place. The colours and lighting are superb. Would...More

Thank katrinas768
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Visited with children, was quite interesting but not really for the children. Be careful of the steps leading up to the higher levels and the low head height! Lady at the entry was initially quite frosty but made up for it at the end by...More

1  Thank FamilyDuff546
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Real gem and worth every minute of visit. How did they get a plumb line efficiency from the bottom up ? Awesome workmanship. Mithras temple adds interest

Thank Jean D
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is an amazing, atmospheric place to visit. Pretty sure it is the largest underground church l have ever visited. Very photogenic and well worth a visit.

Thank jamiehay51260
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