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Church carved in the cliff at Brantome, Dordogne

Ancient abbey carved in the cliff at Brantome, Dordogne

There's an extensive network of caves in the cliffs next to the more modern Abbey building; they were occupied by the monks when the original Abbey was destroyed by the Normans, but it's thought possible that they were occupied before the original abbey was built in the 8th century.

Altar carved in the wall in the cliff abbey at Brantome, Dordogne

The second picture shows the ‘Cave of the Last Judgement’, with its 15th century bas-relief carving of the Day of Judgement and the Crucifixion. The cave is now used as a venue for concerts. Other caves in the complex are used for fish farming.

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