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St. Michan's Church, Dublin

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#6 of 35 in Historic Sites in Dublin
Architectural Building Religious Site
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. Plan your visit to St. Michan's Church and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Dublin vacation generator.
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  • The guide is really nice and very clear even for people who speak very well English. The mummies are impressive. The visit is not long, 30 minutes max for the crypt for € 6, but it is to do!
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  • This is a hidden gem among the tourist attractions in Dublin. Highly recommended to spend some time with the guide being shown the mummies in the basement.  more »
  • Went today.. Absolutely loved this tour.. Fantastic Tour Guide.. So full of knowledge... Very Creepy.. my daughter loved it.. Crypts were great.. steeped in history.. great to see the bodies.. some 80...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Tour guide is great. The mummies are super creepy and unfortunately you can't touch the finger anymore.
  • Very interesting church and crypts. The tour guide was fantastic as well.
  • 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
  • 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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