Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion

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One of the largest European churches built underground, Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion 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. Plan your Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion visit and explore what else you can see and do in Saint-Emilion using our Saint-Emilion trip itinerary app.
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  • If you go to a church in town, this is the one as it is the city's largest and most historic religious institution. It's worth a visit.  more »
  • The 200plus stairs are worth the climb, delivering a beautiful scenery at the top. Covid measures requiere you to ask the key in the tourism office and only allow 4 families to mount at once.  more »
  • Different and quite unique cultural visit. Porque st Emilion no es solo vino! Interesante y diferente.  more »
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  • Visited The Monolithic Church on vacation in Bordeaux! Absolutely astounding how this was carved out underground. No one was able to take photographs inside. Glad to see measures are underway to preserve this piece of history it was a lifetime experience to explore!
  • Very interesting medieval, carved, underground church.
  • Wow. You need to book a guided tour to go within the church. They have great staff to do the tour, so you will go back home with a lot of knowledge in your mind but also a lot of stars in your eyes. The place is quite impressive and very connected to the region. You can go there to learn a lot more about Saint Emilion, the region, wine, its people and the economy.
  • world heritage sight. worth visiting
  • St-Emilion. No need to say something. Must visit here.

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