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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way back to Bordeaux stopped for this tour. Excellent tour guide with much information. So glad we stopped.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to believe they carved it into the rock. Not much to see really other than to marvel at the concept. Best part of the tour was St Emillion chapel and the excellent preserved wall art

Thank Jedda1
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OfficeDeTourismeSE, Estelle Fernandez, Administrative and Quality Assistant at Eglise Monolithe de Saint-Emilion, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hello,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and interest in the city and its underground monuments.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Saint-Emilion!

Have a good day !

Estelle Fernandez, Administrative and Quality Assistant

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This underground hermitage was truly unique and interesting. Residence of St-Émilion, it is a mystery that someone would live underground in this manner. We had a guide, which is recommended, because this place is very busy and guides must register and obtain a key to enter. Photographs are not allowed inside the hermitage.

Thank Claire G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent tour guide (Tess) who explained the various underground chambers as well as local history; she had a nice sense of humor and winning way about her. Tickets (9e) are available at the Tourist Office, and at least for our tour, the one in English occurs at 2 pm.

Thank Joyce K
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OfficeDeTourismeSE, Estelle Fernandez, Administrative and Quality Assistant at Eglise Monolithe de Saint-Emilion, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and interest in the city and its underground monuments.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit with Tess.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Saint-Emilion!

Have a good day !

Estelle Fernandez, Administrative and Quality Assistant

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the tour after a wine tasting we came into town for. Absolutely fascinating and the tour guide was very interesting. Had no idea the nature of what I had walked by several times. Do this if you have a chance.

Thank huntejk
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OfficeDeTourismeSE, Estelle Fernandez, Administrative and Quality Assistant at Eglise Monolithe de Saint-Emilion, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and interest in the city and its underground monuments.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Saint-Emilion!

Have a good day !

Estelle Fernandez, Administrative and Quality Assistant

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the largest underground church in Europe. It is located under the Eglise Collegiale de Saint Emilion Church (above-ground).

In the 11th century, the excavations transformed the solid rock into a church. The hermit-monk, Emilion, is supposed to have lived here in the area and most likely, on-site, during the 8th century, concealed in his own little private space.

The subterrranean church has support structures to secure the main beams. Still, ignoring these modern-day necessities, there is a lot of primitive beauty and religiosity here. Nothing seems too diminished because of the modern needs to preserve and protect.

It's impressive how tall the ceiling could actually be carved; almost like a cathedral of today. There was a point of light entry (like a sky-light) with a carving of a being with folded arms surrounding the circumference.

Our guide handled all the ticket purchasing business but we understand that a guide needs to accompany people down into the cave church. Apparently, the keys to the church are held in the tourist office.

There are hints of an Eastern influence in this primitive and very early church but, then again, that is where Christianity originated.

Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing that people were able to excavate this cathedral from the side of a hillside ....which is now underground. Beautiful 12th century murals. 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.

Thank John D
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Take a guided tour from the tourist office or elsewhere and see St Emilion’s cave, a gorgeous chapel, and the catacombs and monolithic Church. Outstanding information and unique history. Too many people only visit St Emilion for the wine tasting. Please support cultural preservation by learning about this special place

Thank Loro95
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OfficeDeTourismeSE, Estelle Fernandez, Administrative and Quality Assistant at Eglise Monolithe de Saint-Emilion, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and interest in the city and its underground monuments.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Saint-Emilion!

Have a good day !

Estelle Fernandez, Administrative and Quality Assistant

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Reviewed 7 October 2018

We traveled to visit St Emilion for a day trip. At the train station we got the Tuk Tuk taxi to take us up to the town centre. If you don't fancy the mile walk from the station, then this is the way to get there!!
We paid for the guided tour at the Tourist office and our guide met us at the entrance to the underground church hewn from the sandstone ground. Very informative guide explaining the history and significance of the Church. Unfortunately because of the size of the group the guides information was lost to anyone standing at the back.
We also were able to access the bell tower for the stunning views of the village and area. To do this you need a key from the tourist office and you need to leave some form of ID with them.

Thank AllanMacD369
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OfficeDeTourismeSE, Estelle Fernandez, Administrative Assistant and Quality at Eglise Monolithe de Saint-Emilion, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience and interest in the city and its underground monuments.

Faced with the high number of visitors to the city and a high demand in high season, we often find ourselves with groups of 50 people, especially during the busiest times of the day. Nevertheless, all regular visits to underground monuments, such as the one you attended, are limited to a maximum of 50 people, and have been for many years, in order to allow as many people as possible to visit the monuments, while ensuring a comfortable visit for our visitors.

I invite you to contact me by email if you wish for more information: assistante@saint-emilion-tourisme. com.

Hoping to have answered your remark, please know that it is with pleasure that we will welcome you back to Saint-Emilion.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Saint-Emilion!

Have a nice day,

Estelle Fernandez, Administrative Assistant and Quality

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Reviewed 7 October 2018

If you are in Saint-Emilion, you will ultimately find your way here.

We drove to Saint-Emilion from Bordeaux - a quick 45 minute drive and found free parking on the side of the road on Moulin Biguey.

This church is a prominent building in Saint-Emilion.

Thank PandaHouston
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