Right before we got back home on our return from Annecy I saw a highway milage sign for Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. I knew this name from a French television show, Les Ailes et Les Racines, which showcases areas of France and I usually see something to put on my list of places to visit. I saw this village with an underground church and found that it was not too far from us, under two hours. So when I saw that sign I said to Maurice, “We’ve got to stop there!”. It turned out to be a lovely village on the list of the most beautiful villages in France. We parked at the top of the village and made our way down the steep street to reach the church which didn’t look like much from the outside. In fact, it had been hidden for years by a landslide and wasn’t rediscovered until the 1950’s.
Enormous columns on the other side. The ceiling soared overhead. It was remarkable to think that it had all been carved out of the stone mountain by hand. I think I read that it took six years and it was done in the 12th century.