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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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 

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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 

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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!

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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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

get the keys to go up the tower, well worth the 200 steps. people were very helpful in telling your where to go and what to do

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My mother and I have been back twice to Saint-Emilion town and Church. To see something hand carved out of solid rock is phenomenal. The arches that support the roof are astounding. We have had an English speaking guide both times who have been most helpful and didn't rush us through. The town with its cobbled streets were fun to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I went with my wife and our baby. They speak only in french and you don't see anything special. Waste of time in my opinion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

If you love architecture then you'll enjoy this. Built between the 11th and 15th century the church has both romanesque and gothic styles and is built uniquely. The top has a nice lookout where you can see most of the city. We came here with a wine tour group and didn't expect to see any churches as part of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Certain days, the guide only speak in french. You can go on the tour but if your English speaking, they provide you with a paper full of highlights... Tour seemed to lag, as we would read faster than the guide spoke. She make no effort to make sure we understood or asked if we had questions

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The Benedictine monks who were the inspiration for this church carved out of solid rock forming Europe’s largest monolithic cathedral should be canonized. This is truly an amazing building and one which must be seen to be believed. No photos allowed inside - but photos would not do it justice anyway.

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