The UNDERGROUND CATHEDRAL at St MARTIN de PALLIERE

The UNDERGROUND CATHEDRAL

The UNDERGROUND CATHEDRAL

At around 30 mins  away from Le Clos Geraldy B&B at St Maximin la Ste Baume Nestled in the small village of Saint-Martin de Pallières, the greatest cistern of Europe of its century, architectural rarity was built in 1747. It was ensuring the huge water needs of the castle park.

With its impressive size (more than 500m²) comes its uniqueness. Who would guess that in this small village, hidden under the ground would be a huge cistern looking like a cathedral ?  

The vaults sustained by 20 pillars illustrate the gothic architecture of that period. The “Underground Cathedral” is registered at the Monuments Historiques since 2003.

 

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