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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: Caverns/ Caves, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: A HIDDEN HERITAGE, UNIQUE IN EUROPE In this 45 minutes long tour, your guide makes you discover...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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.

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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

a church built in the rock inside one of the nicest French medieval village, definitely a place to visit

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Longueuil, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The only way to visit the church is by a guided tour. You need to reserve when you get to the city. The church is carved in the mountain and it`s amaizing to think that this was all dug by hand. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take pictures in the chirch itself. Even if you could it is simply... More 

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Brisbane
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Wow - what a great church - carved underground and a special place. We had done and ample of cathedrals and churches & I really didn't want to see another church, but my wife really wanted to see it, so I begrudgedly went! Best move ever. NB: I think they only do one tour in English - get your tickets... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

A small village town we found by accident (and so glad we did). Walled town walking entry down to the church and town square where you can enjoy a relaxing meal in this picturesque setting. Lots of wines to taste and enjoy.

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São Paulo, Brasil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

To see the Monolothic Church you must to do the Souterrain Tour. You can book at the Turisme Office. Its great tour, you go to the cave where St. Emilion stayed por 17 years. The tour does not take more than 1h and you cant take photos.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

It is a 12th century church. Earlier all the churches were made of yellow Limestone which was soft and became porous with the ages. To make a more durable construction, monolithic church was cut out of rock This is Europe’s largest underground monolithic church, 25 ft long, 66 ft wide and 36 ft high and in the World Heritage list.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Nice church around an even nicer wine region! On a visit back in 2006 I had the opportunity to walk around the Church after a day in the surrounding vineyards and it was very nice to check out. Really detailed architecture.

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We were in the area for the wine (why not) and did a tour one afternoon. The tour starts out to be very plain and we were expecting an average experience. But then we walked into the Church Proper and were just amazed. It tests the imagination to stand in wonder of how this church was carved out of limestone... More 

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philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It was fascinating to see such an important and old monument so well-preserved. Very interesting tour.

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Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The whole of St. Emilion is worth a stop or a stay, but the Monolithic Church is a must see. Carved from solid limestone in the early 12th century, the subterranean structure is at once both mysterious and awe inspiring. I'm not sure which image intrigues me more: the thought of 12th century humans hewing out this space from the... More 

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