Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

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Cave · Religious Site
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. A visit to Eglise monolithe Saint-Jean represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Aubeterre-sur-Dronne online attractions planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Amazing and not-to-be missed subterranean church. An uninspiring entrance leads into the most extraordinary space. Be sure to take the audio explanations. Only takes 20-30 minutes but is well-worth...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning ! I ve never seen such a church, how did they dig into the stone ? Moreover lovely village and restaurants  more »
  • This is absolutely amazing! I've never seen a thing like this. My first impression was "welcome to the mines of Moria". Stunning.
  • Oh boy... What a wonderful place. Monolithic Cathedral /Church carved into the rocks. Very good price at €6 with personal electronic guide wand.
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