We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Redo Search in Map
See more hotels in your map view
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
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.
read more
Visit Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church like an insider
Private Tour
View Deal
$202*
and up
Private Tour: St-Emilion Route des Châteaux Wine...
Top Rated
View Deal
$135*
and up
Small-Group Saint-Emilion and Pomerol Day Trip...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 387 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 232
    Excellent
  • 133
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
A must visit in Saint Emilion

The church can only be visited with a guided tour, tickets available at the tourist office. The tour includes a visit to the cave of St Emilion, the catacombs and the church... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
Kwassie
,
Stellenbosch, South Africa
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

387 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

The church can only be visited with a guided tour, tickets available at the tourist office. The tour includes a visit to the cave of St Emilion, the catacombs and the church carved out of solid rock. It is really worth a visit if you enjoy history - fascinating what they managed to do with the meager tools they had... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ohio
Top Contributor
258 reviews 258 reviews
40 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This cathedral is made especially interesting by virtue of its history and unique relationship to the topography and history of this village. If you don't mind hill climbing, the visit to the cave portion is fascinating. We found the whole village to be quite interesting and, while touristic, not exploitative.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Nestled in the middle of the village of Saint-Emilion, this church was built and literally dug out of a quarry. The subterranean features would leave you in awe from the painstaking time during construction almost 10 centuries ago to the recent technological engineering feat to prevent the collapse of the whole structure: the church is still active during the weekend.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We purchased our tickets at the information center. We took the English speaking tour of the town and church. It was interesting hearing the history, asking questions about the wine regions. The under ground church Was amazing in terms of the old preserved paintings on the walls, old crypts and carvings inside. No pictures were allowed.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I skipped the wine tasting tour group and went alone to saint Emillion by train to join the 45 min tour provided by saint Emillion tourist office. It's available in English session at €7.50. To me the site are mind blowing especially this is my first time seeing a monolithic church Highly recommended to be done.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
14 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

It'll take you probably 5' to visit and if you're going without a guide with off the books info, I'd say give it a miss. Not allowed to take photos either

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
France
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This one of my favourite place in saint emilion. The old one stone cave church is well explaining the Incredible old architecture of France before all the modern technology and tools were exciting. This church also have a 3000 tons bell tower builded up on the roof. By late 20th century this tower had suffered of several structural issues and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Amazing to think how and when this was constructed. Go to the tourist information to book your tour , of the underground church and catacombs. At different times, there are different language tours. Here you can also get the keys for the bell tower. The views from the top are worth the 196 steps. Looking out over the town roofs,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Before I came to St Emiion I had never heard of this place - but it amazing. A church that was carved from the rock. The church is the size of small cathedral, and construction started 850 years ago. Don't miss the paintings that remain on the wall and also the sculptures of the seraphins in the ceiling!

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Quite unlike anything I have ever seen, Effectively a quarry, sufficient stone was left as pillars to support the roof and bell tower. The ages have not been too kind however and we saw how steel corsets have been added to help support the massive weight of the tower. A tribute to French engineering. Attached was avisit to the catacombs... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church also viewed

 
Saint-Emilion, Gironde
Saint-Emilion, Gironde
 

Been to Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
2 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?