Trip Planner:   Europe  /  France  /  Nouvelle-Aquitaine  /  Gironde  /  Saint-Emilion  /  Historic Sites  /  Clocher de l'eglise Monolithe

Clocher de l'eglise Monolithe, Saint-Emilion

(4.4/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
One of the largest European churches built underground, Clocher de l'eglise Monolithe was hewn, starting in the ninth century, from a single rock. This UNESCO World Heritage site was named for the Benedictine monk Emilion, who lived there as a hermit and performed miracles. The church was built by his followers over three centuries. While Emilion was never formally made a saint by the Catholic church, locals included "saint" in the name out of respect for the monk. You can tour the church, including its caves and bell tower, which offers views of the city and gorgeous vineyards. Use our Saint-Emilion vacation trip planner to add Clocher de l'eglise Monolithe and other attractions to your Saint-Emilion vacation plans.
Create a full Saint-Emilion itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Saint-Emilion

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Saint-Emilion by other users

18 days in France & London BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE September, romantic, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in Saint-Emilion BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Saint-Emilion & Bordeaux BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 41 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, culture, relaxing, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 57 days in France BY A USER FROM INDIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Saint-Emilion BY A USER FROM FRANCE April, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in France, La Oliva & Barcelona BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Saint-Emilion & Bordeaux BY A USER FROM FRANCE February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Saint-Emilion & Bordeaux BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in Saint-Emilion & Bordeaux BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 60 days in France BY A USER FROM IRELAND January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Saint-Emilion BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Must visit to passing foreign guests. This monument is unique in its kind. The visit of the Hermitage of saint Emilion, in the catacombs, and the monolithic Church lasts an hour. Bilingual guides needed are competent, educational and friendly.
    View original
  • Most tourists in Saint Emilion wine (myself included) so it was a pleasant surprise to find a very well preserved medieval village. The downside is that there are many tourists that abound shops selling all sorts of junk. Compared to wineries and vineyards, the monolithic Church is less busy, but it's a real shame because worth a splurge. It is the monolithic Church of Europe and for some devices architecture is unique. Dates back to the 12th century. entirely carved out of the rock, has a tower of 57 mt and to get there you have to do 187 steps but at the top you will enjoy a breathtaking view. The guided tour lasts 45 minutes, I had the guide in French, but some are also available in other languages.
    View original
  • This 12th century church, carved out of the limestone and extending partially underground is one of the world great treasures. As part of our tour group we were able to go into the church and see it f...  more »
Google
  • Here is the place of red wine. Beautiful view from here.
  • Flott og majestetisk midt i byen!!!
  • The best of a town or city, is to view it from the top to get the best view possible. To do in Saint Emilion should go up to the Bell Tower. The keys are ordered in the fair tourism office opposite and costs €1.5 per person.
    View original
  • Guided tour to do with Saint Emilion tourist office! See, surprising, dazzling, there not only castles and St Emilion wine. There is also history!
    View original
  • Place interesting but very slow service
    View original