The greatest cistern of Europe of its century

Nestled in the small village of Saint-Martin de Pallières, this 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.

The owners -aware of its architectural and historical value- undertook huge works on the cistern in 2017 and opened it to public in May of the same year.

"Through this remarkable historic work is transcribed the spirit of a whole era. Indeed, the cistern illustrates the French fortresses' transformation into residential castles, according to more peaceful times."


Diane and Michel de Boisgelin, owners

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© 2017 by Laure de Boisgelin

Photos credits : F. Galile (La Provence Verte) ; Arnaud Faure

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