On the edge of the old Perigord, this beautiful little town has a good reason to justify a detour; the largest subterranean church in Europe. The Subterranean 'monolithic' church of Saint-Jean was carved into a cliff in the 7th century and greatly enlarged in the 12th century. Believed to be constructed over a roman Mithras temple (1st century BC), remnants of which were excavated.
Original purpose seems to have been to house religious artifacts, most prominent is a Roman reliquary that was apparently discovered during the first Crusade.
The church and its crypt were hidden for centuries by a rock fall, and rediscovered in the 1950′s. The nave is 20 meters high, surrounded by galleries, and stone tombs (“sarcophagi”) in the necropolis.
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