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Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

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Address: Place des Creneaux, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France
Phone Number: +33 5 57 55 28 28
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A HIDDEN HERITAGE, UNIQUE IN EUROPE In this 45 minutes long tour, your...

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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Amazing architecture. It is worthy to have a break in your vine tasting marathon an then visit pretty interesting historical spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Amazing architecture. It is worthy to have a break in your vine tasting marathon an then visit pretty interesting historical spot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Truly amazing and moving experience! The adoration of so many pilgrims made this truly worth while. However, ensure that you book a private tour as the site is not generally open to the public.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting visit to the Church, it is well worth doing. Could even be interesting for older children 7+.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Monolithic - carved out of one stone- underground - built in the 11th century, there are many unanswered questions about the various functions of the chapels carved into the cave like walls - if you look carefully at walls and ceilings you will see faded images of religious but also what appear t be zodiac signs ?? Even our guide... More 

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Graz, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible that a cathedral this size (about 35x20X15m !) could be "erected" within some 15 years, and this in the 12th century ! A local nobleman was first excommunicated, went to be a crusader, was re-accepted by the church for this and gave order to dig this cave cathedral "to show it to these priests". The piles were about to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth going on the one hour tour to see this amazingly well preserved underground church . Very informative guide

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saint Emilon is located 35 km NE of Bordeaux in France. Its history dates back 2,000 years when the Romans planted vineyards in the region. The town itself dates from the 8th century, when Emilion, a Breton Monk, came to settle. There are amazing Romanesque churches and ruins stretching along steep and narrow streets. From the 9th to 19th century,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You should definitely visit this wonderful church. From the outside it is truly amazing and so delightful to view when it is sunny outside as the light sparkles off of it. Perfectly located in the center of town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing experience. This under ground church is spectacular. Signing up for the tour with the Visitor Center is very easy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in Saint-Emilion region, you are probably there for the wine! But in middle of the wine tasting, you should definitely take time out to visit the monolithic church of Saint-Emilion. It's a really cool place and very different from all the churches you might have seen around Europe! It's now under a private collector so no photographs... More 

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