Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

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Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean is an underground church that was discovered in 1958. The necropolis here contains over 80 sarcophagi. The main nave of the cave is roughly 20 m (66 ft) by 15 m (49 ft), and is surrounded by galleries on three sides. These monolithic galleries are accessible through staircases carved into the rock. The town surrounding this obscure church is known for its old world charm, and dates back to 1004 CE. Put Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Aubeterre-sur-Dronne tour planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This monolithic Church is truly exceptional, very well-designed lighting, audio guide perfect for well know the history of this monument.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Great visit in early afternoon with audio, so not too crowded inside. And a wow entering so it's high and beautiful. Hard to imagine the work done. It's extraordinary to see such a place in such good condition. But thanks to visit according to the place. Silence we came out after 45 minutes because of the noise.
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  • 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 c...  more »
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  • August 29, 2017
    Spectacular. Very special place. How on earth did those stonemason carve out that massive church out of the rock! Incredible.
  • June 16, 2017
    This place has an eerie, unique vibe and is one of the only churches carved into rock in France.
  • September 4, 2017
    Special Church dug up and down in the rock. Visit the crypt and more. Guide hostess at the top.
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  • May 8, 2017
    It is a unique and great place! to do absolutely very simple but so great. Adult: € 6 children up to 7 years: free for children 8 to 12 years: €2 for schools, students, disabled persons: €3
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  • July 11, 2017
    Church cave with crypt and graveyard Interior dug into the Hill dominated by the old Castle. 12th original S approximately. In the heart of one of the most beautiful villages of France. See also 20kms GURAT and his cave Church of the 11/12th S.
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