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Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

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Address: Place des Creneaux, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France
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+33 5 57 55 28 28
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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This beautiful monolithic church is a must see

This 12th century church, carved out of the limestone and extending partially underground is one of the world great treasures. As part of our tour group we were able to go into... read more

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This 12th century church, carved out of the limestone and extending partially underground is one of the world great treasures. As part of our tour group we were able to go into the church and see it firsthand. The town is so charming too with gorgoeus views overlooking the town and surrounding vineyards.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must see sight on your St. Emilion tour. Cut into the stone and cavernous, you will not see other churches quite like this medieval beauty. Make sure to check on opening times, which vary, and ahead of time tickets if you are in St. Emilion during the high season. Totally worth getting a guide to get the whole picture, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This was the second cave church we've seen in France (there aren't very many). This one is under part of the city of St Emilion. The church itself is 5 star. Having to go with a guided tour drops it to 4 stars, but alas, the only way to see it is via a tour, as it is privately owned.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

This was a magnificent church, full of history. The cost to maintain the property is astronomical but hey it's part of the history to maintain the same, beautiful view all around.

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Leverett, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Honestly... all the buildings are stunning here but the church was just brilliant - built into the caves of the town and rising up over it all - just splendid!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

The information during the tour was well presented. I learned a lot. The construction was an underground wonder.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

It is very high and you will be very tired at the top. But the view is incredible. The stairs are narrow and a lot of steps.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 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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Warren, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

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 11 November 2016

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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