Fun in Île-de-France: the troglodyte Church of the Annunciation

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 21 April 2021 at 15h54 · Updated on 22 April 2021 at 14h44
Did you know? In Val d’Oise, Haute-Isle’s Church of the Annunciation is the only troglodyte church in the entire region? Carved into the very face of a chalk cliff and listed as Historic Monument, this is a fun gem to discover.

Even though Paris does not lack of fun outings, the rest of the regions also enjoy treasures worthy of the trip. Today, we offer you to come along by Val d’Oise to discover a very unique church in Île-de-France. Let us head to Haute-Isle.

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This is where you will find the Church of the Annunciation, the only troglodyte church in Île-de-France. It means it has been carved into the very face of a chalk cliff. In other words, the Church of the Annunciation has been built within the chalk cliff, and the bell tower is the only part made of masonry. It makes us feel like it is piercing the verdant hill covering the church.

Listed as Historic Monument since 1926, this uncommon church originates back to the 17th century! Four windows carved into the rock light up the indoor where lays the vaulted nave covering 20m long, 20m wide and 8m high. Right next to the parish cemetery, this church devoted to the Virgin of the Annunciation unveils a raw façade. The chalk cliff the church has been carved into remained untouched and now provides this uncommon and exclusive landscape in the region!

 

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 21 April 2021

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    Location

    144 Route de la Vallée
    95780 Haute Isle

    Prices
    Free

    Official website
    www.valdoise-tourisme.com

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