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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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  • As any monument of this magnitude can only rave about human work and the dose of belief that he took to get such results.
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  • It's a real shame but this lovely Basilica needs to be restored urgently. In addition, the multi-ethnic neighborhood where does not transmit a lot of tranquility to the tourist
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  • This Basilica in an Arab neighborhood and Caribbean, as in all these districts of ibmograntes there is everything, the square is packed with bars and all kinds of crappy people and less crappy .the basilica is free very pretty in the surroundings each morning there is a flea market different vegetable pots clothes, if you're not squabbling is a great site there is a boulangerie near spectacular , and a couple of pubs and very good restaurnates, area is cheap it has the capuchines near market, basilica needs cleaning but is beautiful and worth around the neighborhood and the whole
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful old Gothic French cathedral in Bordeaux.
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