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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  • The crypts are so fascinating, it is located underneath the St. Michan's Church where you can go down from the small basement door at the site of the church. You're first required to buy the tickets i...  more »
  • Just noting for those of you who might visit around the st paddies day holiday. Church was closed on Monday after due to bank holiday.  more »
  • Very interesting to see the mummies underneath the church and the old coffins, the guide was great and explained some customs and theories to the bodies and coffins. Just a shame you can’t take photos...  more »
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  • One of the favorite things we did in Dublin! The crypt is so cool and the mummies were absolutely fascinating. Our tour guide through the crypt was my favorite, loved his dark humor and learned so much.
  • Slightly off the main tourist route I guess but worth a visit. The mummies aren't mummies in the normal sense but the preservation of the bodies is very interesting and the guide extremely entertaining.
  • A true gem of history, encroached on all sides by huge buildings which have buried this ancient part of the city beneath their foundations. Inside, the church is austerely beautiful, but most visitors come to see the famous crypt. Excitingly accessed through a trapdoor in the churchyard, and down a flight of steep stone steps, there is a visceral display of mummified corpses going back hundreds of years, which have been preserved through time in the perfectly dry, cold atmosphere.
  • Probably my favourite historical thing to do in Dublin. Great tour of the crypts underneath the church with bags of very interesting history. The tour guide I've had on a number of occasions is absolutely brilliant, really brings it to life and has a wealth of knowledge. Great value too. Opening times are a little restrictive so check before you go.
  • The (small but very nice) crypts were great. The guide gave a lot of historical background info on the crypts in a very entertaining way. I don't think there are tours "at the top of the hour", just hang around in the church for a while and wait for someone to yell "OK, who's here to see the mummys?!"
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