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Monolithic Church of Saint-Jean of Aubeterre

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Address: Le Bourg, Aubeterre-sur-Dronne, France
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+33 5 45 98 65 06
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Amazing piece of medieval architecture

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.

Reviewed 4 March 2017
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Cairo, Egypt
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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.

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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

If you are in the region, this is a must see. The church is beautiful and unique in Europe. It is already impressive, and there's only a small piece left compared to what was originally built.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Every now and then you get to a place that is truly unique...well there's supposed to be another church carved out of stone (top down)...exquisite...impressive. Leaves you in awe. Doesn't take long; the audio guide is good and the town is just a lovely place to wonder. Nice ceramics atelier if you're looking for small gifts. Even if you don't... More 

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Montana Rose
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

One of two Cave churches we saw in France so far. This one is off the beaten path in a really pretty town. It's privately owned and there is a small entrance fee that comes with an audio guide. A visit takes about 20-30 minutes. As you walk in the size will astound you. It's in really good shape. The... More 

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

This church was carved into the rock of a cliff, in the middle of the village and under the then Lord's castle, in the 12th C. when the local Lord came back from the Crusades. Impressive!

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Thank Cathy B
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This Church is really amazing .. we were fascinated by all items we discovered there. You are able to get an Audio guide with details on the Church and people.

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Reviewed 24 October 2016

This doesn't look much from the outside but is fascinating inside - though you do need to get the audio devices to make the most of it (in 4 languages I think, but definitely got them in English). Hollowed out of the ground and quite expansive considering the tools that would have been used. Its about 5 minutes gentle amble... More 

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Reviewed 23 October 2016

A unique place and very atmospheric. You have to admire the skills and labour of the original workers. Little else to recommend in the area but this is definitely worth a detour to see.

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Didn't quite know what to expect but found this church, hollowed out of the cliff face, to be one of the most impressive sights I have seen anywhere. One can only marvel at the skills of the mediaeval crafsmen who produced it. If you are anywhere in the area, go and see it!

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

What amazes me is that this enormous building was started from the top on bare ground so they had to visualise what it was going to be like 17 m down and 'build' the columns, originally 14 of them, by removing the material round them. There is an ancient crypt only discovered when a lorry backing in collapsed the foundations.... More 

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