Aubeterre-sur-Dronne

From the list of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France“

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is a commune in the Charente department in the Poitou-Charentes region in southwestern France. The town is situated on the Dronne river, on the South-East border of the Charente region, close to the Dordogne and the villages of Bonnes, Laprade and Saint-Romain. It is counted among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.The name Aubeterre is derived from the name Albaterra, which dates back to 1004. The town was given this name because of the white chalk rock face that overlooks the town.

Eglise Saint-Jean

Aubeterre is the site of an underground church/monolithic church. Its main nave is more than 20m high. At 15m, the nave is skirted by a gallery on three sides of the church, which is accessible via a staircase cut into the rock.The church contains a Roman reliquary and a crypt. Discovered in 1958, the necropolis contains more than 80 sarcophagi.

Other monuments

  • The Saint-Jacques church, classed as a historical monument because of its Roman-Saintongeais style façade.
  • The castle of which there remains the base of the four round towers and a square tower dating from the 16th century.
  • The Apôtres tower (or Henri IV tower) where Henri VI would have stayed on the eve of the battle of Coutras.

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