Basilique Saint-Michel, Bordeaux

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The Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux, is a Flamboyant Gothic church in Bordeaux, France, built between the end of 14th century and the 16th century.The pulpit represents Saint Michael slaying the dragon. The stained-glass windows were destroyed during the bombardment of 1940. The separate bell tower, which is 114 meters tall, was built in the 15th century. In 1881 a Gallo-Roman cemetery and catacombs were discovered under the tower, with several naturally mummified bodies. The church is a listed historical monument. The tower can be visited every day from April to October.
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  • In the square there was a small flea market, show brocantage, that didn't sound at all with the pediment of the Gothic basilica. Heritage of humanity, UNESCO. Typical for height of the nave, decorations. Its Windows were partially redone, to replace the damaged ones, but blend well with other historical glass, very nice. Imposing organ, as well as the pulpit. It is one of three stops on the Camino de Santiago, in Bordeaux. Its bell tower is separated from the body of the basilica, is called "the arrow", because of its height and shape.
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  • A little tour in the Saint Michel is always very nice, for the atmosphere, the colors and the buildings on. The Basilica is of course an essential part of the neighborhood, open the doors and let surround you by the special atmosphere.
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  • The Church unfortunately is really overlooked, especially inside. The Council, however, to stay ahead only for the Bell Tower, which is a real show.
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  • Horrible hospitality. We got the opening times from google or tripadvisor, but they weren't accurate as we came to learn by some rude guy who apparently had the keys to the basilique. We had just entered when he started yelling in French at random tourists that the place was closing (which of course doesn't work when they don't speak any French). My SO speaks native French, so he tried explaining to the man that we found different opening hours, however, he got told off rudely by the guy. And so he proceeded yelling at everyone until they got outside. So. Dear people that work at the basilique, I hope you now know that one of your people is being rude to the visitors and might do something about it, because I'm never going back. For the tourists, read the unclear, small font, French paper in the hall before entering, because before you know it you'll get yelled at by some thick gruff guy with gray curly hair. :/
  • one of the famous church in the bordeaux , explains the historical life of the bordeaux people.
  • . Oh, Saint Michel! What memories of the mummies! Before we get to that, let's say that the tower is well worth a visit, being attractive outside and for a couple of euros you can stagger up innumerable steps to get a great view across the city, picking out other landmarks. But when I was young, a visit to St Michel included the creepy descent to the crypt, where there were dead people on display. Honest! In my youth you could pay a few centimes and see and touch (poke!) sixty odd mummies that had been dug up from the old cemetery in the 18th century and were displayed in the crypt, leaning against the walls in the main. Just leaning there. Real live mummies! Well, real dead people. Mummified bodies, conserved by the nature of the soil in the cemetery. With their skin shrivelled to their bones, and rags and tatters of clothing in some cases. A favourite visit for all of us kids - you could touch them! In the 80s or 90s they decided that this was inappropriate and took them away for burial again. A few years ago - in summer 2013 it was I think - they set up an exhibition in the St Michel crypt, with a short film showing what the original exhibition was like. There is an extract from the guided tour of the 50's with the guide helpfully pointing out that such-and-such a body has only one eyeball in the two eye sockets. It costs €5, including going up to the top of the tower. It'll give you the shivers, and show how tastes - and awareness - has changed in the last 50 years.
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  • In many ways, more colourful and light than the Church of Notre Dame. A couple of very intricate sculptures of St Joseph and John the Baptist have been beautifully cleaned and restored. Very colourful stained glass. The separate tower is worth the charge to see panoramic views across the city.

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Most hotels in Bordeaux sit conveniently located a stone's throw away from the train station. Look to Quinconces Square and Gambetta Square for high-end hotels. Those who prefer more budget-friendly accommodations may want to seek out a youth hostel--a relatively recent addition to the city. To secure a spot here, make sure to book ahead of time. In addition to hotels and hostels, choose from guest rooms in a typical Bordeaux house, or a family-friendly beachside campsite.
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