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Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

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Address: Place des Creneaux, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France
Phone Number: +33 5 57 55 28 28
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A HIDDEN HERITAGE, UNIQUE IN EUROPE In this 45 minutes long tour, your...

A HIDDEN HERITAGE, UNIQUE IN EUROPE In this 45 minutes long tour, your guide makes you discover Saint-Emilion’s underground heritage. From the monk Emilion’s story, between truth and legend, to the carving of the surprising monolithic church, walk through several centuries of history. Your guide, only holder of the keys, opens the monuments’ doors and shares their secrets ! Observe the details of the Trinity Chapel’s paintings and discover the mysterious catacombs and the Hermitage… A historical summary within four essential monuments.

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One of the best things to do in St Emilion

Absolutely fascinating tour to do. Book at the tourist office. St. Emilion itself is a stunning town just to wander through and enjoy but this tour gives a deeper insight into... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely fascinating tour to do. Book at the tourist office. St. Emilion itself is a stunning town just to wander through and enjoy but this tour gives a deeper insight into the history of this hillside town - thoroughly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By mining out the inner spaces of the church, digging underground and selling the stone that was mined, the church was paid for with money from the stone sold. And maybe then some, one thinks. In any event, we signed on for a tour that explored the origins of the city and ended with travel through the monolithic church. This... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The underground church is historic and different. It is not like most churches in Europe with spectacular adornment but its interest lies in its uniqueness. To see a church burrowed underground is fascinating and makes you wonder why and how.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw this in combination with St Emilion's hermitage and the old chapel above the hermitage. Hollowing out this church must have been an incredible labor or love for God. The high vaults are incredible--how anyone ever conceived of this idea is beyond me! I loved finding out that stained glass form Notre Dame in Paris was stored here during... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Sant Emilion is a lovely town to visit, and do go and check the church out ...its is very nice, and a tour with info will add to it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Don't miss the view of Saint Emilion and nearby wine country from the bell tower. Usual small and narrow steps but well worth it. Check in at the tourist office for the key if it's locked.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Book via the tourist office opposite. You can get the key to climb the tower for great views over Saint Emilion, or book an underground tour which is also interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

One should certainly see the church when one is visiting Saint Emilion. However, I will warn you that it is dark and the dirt floors are uneven so watch your step. Beyond that, the area around it is also very tricky walking. Probably the most challenging cobblestone I've dealt with in Europe over many years. Watch where you're going. A... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

very beautiful church in the rocks that really shakes! it is very old and in good condition after so many years!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

So worth the visit - especially enjoyed as we had a tour guide who explained the history and the importance. Amazing to know that this is (was?) the largest church in Europe. And that it was built by resourceful monks who sold the stone they excavated to pay for the church they were building.

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