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Address: Place des Creneaux, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France
Phone Number: +33 5 57 55 28 28
Description: 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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Just wait till you get into the Cathedral area - it's amazing to think that it's all carved from 1 piece of rock. English tour cost us about 7.50 euros each and lasted about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

Just wait till you get into the Cathedral area - it's amazing to think that it's all carved from 1 piece of rock. English tour cost us about 7.50 euros each and lasted about 30-45 minutes.

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Coventry, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Knowledgeable guide. Cool place on a hot day. Joined a French tour because of time constraints but English translation helpful.

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Punta Gorda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

An large underground church carved into rock under the city. Cool (in both senses) on a warm day. A local guide is essential to understand why monks would build such a thing.

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church. The church is active and used for services. No admission fee but request donations. We worth time seeing the beauty of the church. Located on the hill in Saint-Emilion. Parking is available close by.

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Although the underground monument tour is really interesting and worthwhile, it's not for the people who are uncomfortable in closed spaces; I felt very vulnerable under this massive limestone structure.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A lovely old church in a pretty little town, using the cool arches of the cloisters to display some lovely oil paintings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This church was carved from solid limestone, with a ell tower added later. Our tour (arranged through the very helpful tourist office near the church) included St. Emilion's hermit cave and ancient catacombs in addition to the monolith church.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Travelers in France inevitably visit churches and after a while you may be a bit jaded. But don't skip this one. It was literally carved out of solid rock! And this was done in the middle ages without modern equipment. More recent quarrying and some underground waterflow has jeopardized the structural integrity but work is underway to preserve this building.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Pretty interesting structure, with some amazing engineering to keep the building standing. If you have time, its well worth an hour to see the interior.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We took a tour with the city tour guide. It wasn't supposed to be an English tour but the 6 guests were all Americans so she did the tour in English. Our guide was superb and was a European history major in college so she was very knowledgeable about the landmarks in the city center but also the ancient history... More 

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Additional Information about Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

Address: Place des Creneaux, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France
Phone Number: +33 5 57 55 28 28
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Aquitaine  >  Gironde  >  Saint-Emilion

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