Basílica de Santa Eulalia
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David S
Santa Brigida, Spain195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
If you purchase a ticket to tour the Roman Teatro and grounds of Merida, Spain, keep your stub. If also allows you free entry to a few other sites in this historic city. The most obscure of these sites is the Basilica of Santa Eulalia. The story of young Eulalia's martyrdom in the 3rd century of our era is quite entrancing and vaguely written out in stone in the cemetery grounds outside the basilica.
Eulalia was an ardent Christian during the Roman rule, when this town was called Emerita. She declared her faith outloud which led to her capture and, though her parents intervened to try and save her, the girl underwent terrible torture which is not appropriate for this review. But once you have read the gory details, you are then directed to a dark crypt below a church where you are left to tour in shocked silence. Meanwhile a priest is saying Mass upstairs. It was all tremendously spooky. The gloom was enhanced by a surly old man at the ticket booth outside who began to row with a woman who seemed to be mocking the surroundings. He tried to quiet her but it got rather ugly. The shock of such ardent beliefs in both pagan and religious tendency actively depressed us. It was doubly shocking because Extremadura in general (and Merida in particular) is one of the friendliest parts of Spain.
Anyway, this is a fascinating place of worship, whether you are religious or not.
Written September 6, 2017
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Stacey Wittig
Flagstaff, AZ159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
The excavations in the basilica's basement are worth the stop, but if you love the story of the virgin Santa Eulalia, as I do, this is a must-see. After the teenager was tortured and killed by the Roman governor in AD 304 for her faith, snow fell from the heavens to cover her naked body. Her remains were buried here and then moved north during times of Islamic rule. Super cool displays in the museum recreate the Roman village and church. When you are in the crypt, you can look up through open areas in the ceiling above to see the altar as Mass is going on. Shhhhhh! It was so awesome
Written April 4, 2019
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Juande Moreno
Province of Seville, Spain344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Impressive, although slightly less than the remaining main monuments in Mérida. I actually recommend the combined ticket to visit them all, as just the solo ticket for this one might not be worth it.
Written July 31, 2021
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David B
El Barco de Avila, Spain619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
The entrance to this site is behind the "modern" church and is included in the combo ticket. To descend to the crypt (after a short exhibition providing information and see early Christian burials and the remains of Roman houses. There is not a great deal of information downstairs so the exhibition comes in handy! An interesting visit.
Written October 8, 2017
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ed-TO
Toronto, Canada299 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
For us, the story of one more martyrdom was not endearing, especially of a teenaged girl. The only interesting element was the visigoth and roman remains, as updated by the Christians. Not very interesting compared to the rest that Merida has to offer.
Written September 11, 2016
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Travellers8787
Cary, north carolina147 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
It is definitely worth to see and it should be free but it's not and people should continue to attend mass ..but it seems it's not for that purpos...
Written September 22, 2015
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal22,361 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Couples
After you have visited the “Amphitheatre” you come straight ahead down on the “Calle José Ramon Melida” and then turn to your right and enter the “Rambla Martir Santa Eulalia” and follow this one until the end, doing so you will arrive just in front of the “Basilica Santa Eulalia”, who is following the investigators the first Cristian temple built in Spain, and was doing so designated as the Martyr Basilica in memory of Eulalia de Mérida, but unfortunately at the moment of our visit it was not possible to make a visit of it due to the reconstruction works on the site, so we went to see our following place in Mérida, the “Arco de Trojano”.
Written August 5, 2015
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jkc2015
Portugal175 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
I was really looking forwards to seeing this, but to be honest, it was a bit disappointing. We should have researched more or the history before we visited, (our fault entirely), as our Spanish was not good enough to understand the information boards properly. The most interesting parts seemed to be cordoned off, and the church was not open for visitors. It is an attraction that is covered by the 12 Euro Merida tourist ticket, but if it had not been for that, I doubt that we would have paid separately to go in.
Written July 25, 2015
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madamedefarge
Derby, UK588 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Unfortunately when we visited, there was some sort of First Communion service on in the church, which seemed to go on forever, so it was only the crypt that we could visit. Having bought the 12€ combined ticket, this was the last place we had to visit on our last day and so we were able to fight our way through the hordes of Spanish families to visit the crypt.

Most of the information in the very small visitor's centre is in Spanish, which meant that we were limited in what we could understand about the site. It's unfortunate that such a town that is a UNESCO site doesn't have information in English - it limits the understanding that the average visitor can have about the history.

Once you got into the crypt, you realise that some of it is directly open to the church above, which meant that we had the interesting experience of listening to the children and the service above us. It meant that we had to keep our voices to a whisper in order not to disturb them.

The remains of the buildings in the crypt are interesting enough, but again, the lack of information in English means that it's not always easy to know what you're looking at. It's not that I expect everything to be in English, it's just that we've been in many Spanish towns and cities as tourists and found that some of the smallest and least likely to have anything in English are then the ones that cater for all visitors. It's interesting to see how the pillars of the church above come down directly into the crypt and to see how the 'new' church fits in around the old ruins below.
Written May 31, 2015
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alanlid
Oxford, UK279 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
We did several of the Merida sites in one day, which is feasible; this was the only let-down. we arrived about 10 am and the place was deserted, though with the gate and main door open, so we went in. The crypt is spooky and interesting, but in general - as others have commented - there is very little by way of explanation. We had to resort to Google (afterwards) to identify Sta Eulalia herself.
Written April 4, 2015
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