Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion

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. Make Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion part of your personalized Saint-Emilion itinerary using our Saint-Emilion trip itinerary app .
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  • Well worthwhile - the guide who was well informed about the buildings and also the history of the area  more »
  • Mandatory guided tour. We bought the tickets directly from the tourist office without first booking. In addition to the impressive underground church (one can imagine such a volume), the visit also takes us to the cave of Saint-Emilion as well as to a small chapel with Romanesque paintings. Nice guide and relatively modest group size which allows you to enjoy the visit quietly.
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  • It's worth visiting only churches in the World Heritage city. The catacombs, which are said to be medieval underground cemeteries that can be visited on guided tours, are also worth a look. In addition, it is not possible to take a picture in the catacombs.
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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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