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St. Emilion Monolithic Church

Place des Creneaux, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France
+33 5 57 55 28 28
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Caverns/ Caves
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Haywards Heath
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A guided tour in English led by one of the Tourist Office assistants. A brief, but interesting introduction to rock dwelling, which was useful for us, as we were on our way to the troglodytic area of the Dordogne.

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Newton, MA
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59 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you go to St. Emilion, it is definitely worth visiting the "Underground Monument." It is interesting, but not outstanding. It is not a must see attraction. Should you spend the time at another Chateau???

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Road Town, Tortola
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39 reviews 39 reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The church of the monolith is an inspiring place. One can't help but be impressed by the scale of dedication and work that went into its creation. As with many national monuments in France, the detail of much of it isn't closed away behind sheets of perspex or in air-conditioned areas. It makes the history much more accessible and understandable.... More

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Never saw anything quite like this church in our travels through Europe. Most of the fascinating history is below ground and can take hours to explore. Well worth a quick 1 hr tour.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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126 reviews 126 reviews
37 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I think is ok for a short walk. Not really really interesting but is nice to know about the city. The tour will bring you go down to see inside but it's not allow to take pictures. Maybe it was in French so that I also missed a lot, but I read myself with the notes they provide.

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Fernley, Nevada, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I love this place. To think how old everything is just is amazing to me. I couldn't stop touching things, the smell of such an old place and the sites were more than I can describe. I hated to leave after being there for two weeks. The people are wonderful, so friendly!! The goos awesome and the wine FAB.

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quito
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

one of the only monolithic church in the world, nice explanations from local guides, original paintings still visible

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Cape Coral
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

How fascinating that in the midst of this medieval city there is a church that is completely underground. It dates back to the 8th century. St. Emilion bears the name of the Breton monk that founded this church. He came here in the 8th century to avoid persecution... Tours take you underground to view this fascinating historic site.

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

Wow, what a church! Incredible architecture, history and beauty. Definitely worth a trip. It makes you wonder how people so long ago could create such magnificent buildings without all the modern day tools and materials we have now - and why our modern stuff isn't so impressive.

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Wommelgem, Antwerpen, Belgium
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This ^place is worth visiting and is very special and seems to be the location of the jurade nominations.

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