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St. Michan's Church
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Ranked #40 of 565 things to do in Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Underneath the church are five long burial vaults containing the mummified remains of many of Dublin's most influential 17th, 18th and 19th century families, including the legendary Shears brothers and the highly decorated coffins of the Earl's of Leitrim. Since Victorian times visitors have descended the vault steps to see the mummies and Bram Stoker, creator of the "Dracula" stories is believed to have visited the vaults in the company of his family. In one vault can be seen the remains of the "Crusader" though in fact he is only 650 years dead. The early visitors to the vaults were responsible for many of the myths and legends surrounding the bodies, though modern scientific investigations have cast doubts on many of these stories. Nevertheless, a visit to the Crypts to see the historic mummies is a remarkable experience.
Reviewed 13 November 2013

I had heard about the church with its famous crypts...we went on a Saturday, paid €5 each..and the guide showed us into crypt 1, very informative and knowledgable chap, and,funny too. The next crypt held the mummies, I found it fascinating but then again like we shouldn't be there, gawping at them...a little disrespectful, but, the entry fee helps fund the church, which isn't a bad thing..I would recommend this tour....

Thank LancashireQueenbee
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

The church itself is cute, but fairly inconsequential. However, the crypts are very interesting. A chatty, comical guy showed us round. He was pretty animated and seemed quite knowledgeable about the history of the mummies in the crypt.

I think we paid about 6 euros. If you're not into that sort of thing, it might bot be worth it but I enjoyed it.

The steps down to the crypts are a bit steep and uneven. Anyone unsteady on their feet might struggle.

Thank Kate W
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Reviewed 9 November 2013

The history of the church was perfunctory, with most of the attention focused on the creep factor of the "mummies" in the crypt. I found this display of human remains, and the "turn a blind eye" indirect invitation to touch them, to be distasteful and disrespectful. At least there was a little history presented, and the tours are helping to support the church . . .

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Reviewed 1 November 2013

We visited St. Michan's Church as a time filler - its not one of the main attractions and is a little out the way unless your going to the Jamesons Distillery.

When you arrive the original church is pretty standard, impressive from the back, the front has been renovated slightly. The graveyard is in a poor state with peoples washing pegged out over the graves when we attended. Inside the church is pretty average - carpets, rows of seats, no statues a few wall mounted memorials.

The crypt is the reason for visiting however where you are shown around by a very strange tour guide who is putting on a creepy front, we personally found this a little uncomfortable. The first crypt contains the Mummies - 4 of them hidden behind a wire cage - one by one we all filtered into the tiny opening and peered over to catch a glimpse. Once we had done so the guide removed the cage and allowed tourists to "shake the hand" of the 800 year old mummy crusader! Surely this cant be good for preservation which made us think that the mummies might not be the genuine article - perhaps replaced by models?!? Not sure!

The second crypt containing the Shears brothers is less impressive and looks to be in a state of disrepair - some of the other rooms in the same crypt contain half open coffins and fallen beams etc.

Worth a look but not one to write home about.

Thank Petercwray
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

A fantastic exceptional value for money little tour.. the keeper of the crypts was an exceptional tour guide.. would do it again

Thank CaptainBiggles08
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