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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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San Antonio, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Who could have thought that a whole huge church could be carved out of solid limestone rock! The tour of this ancient church built into the local rock, just like some of the chateaux have limestone caves (which are much smaller), is worth the time. One has no idea when the guide opens the exterior door what an immense void... More

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Campbell, CA
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26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The Church of St. Emilion stretches back through time capturing both esthetics and spirituality. The preserved mosaics are faint but striking, as are the different architectural styles. Walking down into the little town is an experience of its own. The street descends into the main square at a substantial decline. Walk between the stones, which are old and slick! There... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Have just returned from a tour of the church, catacombs and grotto- what a set of wonders. Our group guide did the tour in English and was quite protective of these wondrous sites but that was fair enough as they are so very old. No photography was allowed inside which was frustrating but the monuments are in private hands so... More

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Sydney, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

If you are in the area and doubtlessly visiting vineyards and tasting wine, you should take a couple of hours to do the tour via the tourist office. The underground cathedral and catacombs are amazing. It gives you a great sense of history and background of the area and St. Emilion and the tour guides are great sources of information... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is an amazing piece of architecture and something you MUST see if you are in the St. Emilion area. We loved seeing it and learning about St. Emilion.

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Munich, Germany
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

There are French tours given everyday almost every hour, on the half hour. There are only two English tours per day. However if you miss the English tour just ask for an information sheet and jump in on a French tour - the guide almost verbatim follows the words on the information sheet.

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oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Given the size and uniqueness of the underground church in Saint Emilion this tour was surprisingly easy to miss. You need to book through the tourist information office, who are very helpful and speak good English, but we'd have missed finding out on it completely if it hadn't been for reading our guide book. The church was carved out of... More

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Indianapolis
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11 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

A couple of years ago I toured the monolithic churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia so this tour was lacking. One problem was that it was conducted in French and I do not speak enough French to be able to understand the guide. I was given a paper to read but felt like I missed a lot. They do have one tour... More

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We swung by St Emilion on our way to Bordeaux, just to check out this medieval city. We walked around, tasted some wine, ate lunch and then came across a dig in front of the 8th century church named for the city.

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Helensburgh, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We spent a happy afternoon exploring Saint Emilion. The cathedral was interesting, but we were unable to make our way into the oldest areas on our own. It's not often I regret missing a tour!

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