St. Michan's Church, Dublin

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St. Michan's Church may be one of the capital city's architectural landmarks, but its major appeal lies in the underground vaults, which house many mummified remains. The star attraction of the limestone vaults is an 800-year-old mummy of a Norman crusader, a man so tall the undertakers had to chop his feet off in order to fit him into a coffin. You can see this macabre world of mummies by guided tour only, but you can explore the upstairs on your own. Spend the few moments before your guide arrives by taking a look at an 18th century organ, allegedly played by composer G.F. Handel for the first-ever performance of his "Messiah" oratorio. To visit St. Michan's Church and get the most from your holiday in Dublin, create itinerary details personal to you using our Dublin road trip planner .
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  • August 17, 2017
    Intrigued by the photos we went to this church, we pay 12 euros in 2, there is! 15 min wait, here comes the Guide, totally insane but sympathetic and comprehensive ... pity that the visit is a crypt of 10meters in 2 meters below the Church, plots ... ... over there. We noticed other Crypts but is no longer available from what we were told. So don't be fooled by the pictures, there is very little to see.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Good interesting tour of the crypts with several stories about the occupants and a good chance to view the mummified bodies.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Tour guide made the tour. Steps are very steep and dangerous. A hidden treasure in Dublin City and a very reasonable price too.  more »
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  • April 7, 2017
    Quite possibly one of the best hidden gems in Dublin. St Michan's sits nestled between two VERY modern multi-story office buildings and can be walked past and you'd never know what you missed! The interior of the church is gorgeous, but that's just part of the draw. Their crypts beneath the church house some infamous people in Irish history as well as several mummified corpses that are a result of some environmental phenomena that cause the coffins to deteriorate and fall apart, exposing the bodies inside. The tour guide was extremely informative and friendly-we were so happy we made the extra effort to get out and see this!
  • May 20, 2017
    Tour guide is great. The mummies are super creepy and unfortunately you can't touch the finger anymore.
  • May 6, 2017
    Very interesting church and crypts. The tour guide was fantastic as well.
  • November 8, 2016
    The things you can actually see (crypt, coffins, mummies), are not that impressive. They are quite cool and interesting, but not outstanding. But the tour itself is nevertheless just great. Mostly because of the great guide, who knows how to create a nice atmosphere and tells you all the interesting facts in an entertaining manner. This makes it a great sight to visit
  • March 21, 2017
    A must visit when in Dublin the carving in the church are amazing. The guide is fantastic keeps the tour interested

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