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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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Boca Raton, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

we took the historical tour organised by Tourist office, very informative. Unusual church in this beautiful medieval village.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We did it all; the underground church, the grotto, the bell tower. It was quite an experience being deep underground in a church made of the surrounding rock. A distinctive and unusual site, well worth a visit. Above ground don't miss the Abbey Cloitre de Collegiale (church and cloister) as well as the bustling square with a view of the... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This church is the center piece of the town. It provides good views over the surrounding area, has an interesting history both recent and in distant memory. The church and its underground portion are something not to miss in St. Emillion and it is often included in tours from Bordeaux. The church also provides a nice cool place to refresh.... More

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new rochelle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

St. Emilion is an easy train ride--about 30 minutes from Bordeaux. You can do this trip very inexpensively if you want. Simply take the train from Gare St. Jean in Bordeaux. You can buy your ROUNDTRIP ticket there. One way back from St. Emilion is very expensive and there is no office at the St. Emilion station to buy a... More

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