We were excited to go back to Aubeterre with the kids this weekend to check out the subterranean monolithic church of St Jean. It was crazy impressive! Built into the limestone cliffs overlooking the Dronne river in the 7th century, then expanded in the 12th century, only half of it remains. Rockslides and erosion destroyed the front chapel half; the back half of the church is what we got to see, where Christian relics possibly brought back with St Jean from the crusades to be displayed and preserved. Pilgrims passing through the area on their way to Spain would walk a specific path around the relics, praying for safety and protection for their onward journey. There were sarcophagi, secret tunnels, and a crypt. Worth a visit for sure!
– from @nomaderwhere_mama on instagram.