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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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Spectacular Church with ancilliary sites

The church is more of a wonder than a great monument to Christianity. It is carved into the local limestone. There is significant support added inside the "cave" in recognition... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The church is more of a wonder than a great monument to Christianity. It is carved into the local limestone. There is significant support added inside the "cave" in recognition that the tower above is too heavy for the structure. There is also a crypt and chapel coming as part of the required guided tour. Buy your tickets from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw as part of a tour, a nice addition while in st emilion. I liked the art work and clock tower. The story behind the monk was interesting as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not sure if all the guides are as passionate as ours, but he was sensational, knew so much background about this stunning church and answered questions amiably. I guess the tour took about an hour but in this time we learnt so much. St Emilion is a divine town - please find time to take this tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fairly good underground tour of 4 main monuments in St Emilion (catacombs, church, chapel, shrine). I think the English tours were 2 / 4 pm and last one hour. You need to walk up the hill to buy tickets from the tourism office before embarking on the tour. Overall interesting and some amazing sights, but not exceptional... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this church as part of a tour to the tombs, etc....the church is practically all underground. It is not decorated and very bare inside but the story behind it is interesting. Worth a tour if in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My whole family love this place... is so unique and the views are incredible, if you are in Saint Emilion you have to visit this beautiful church

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't miss this wonderful church. I would have loved to had listened to its Cavaillé-Coll organ, but it was silent. Interesting diplay of the Shroud of Turin in one of its chapels.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would definite recommend visiting the vineyards in the Bordeaux region, and especially a top in Saint Emilion.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Almost surreal - Lovely atmosphere in the whole village and this just tops it from inside and outside!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked up to the top of the church where we could enjoy a spectacular view of St Emilion. It was probably one of the best way to enjoy St Emilion from this architectural masterpiece.

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