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Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church

Place des Creneaux, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France
+33 5 57 55 28 28
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A HIDDEN HERITAGE, UNIQUE IN EUROPE In this 45 minutes long tour, your guide makes you discover Saint-Emilion’s underground heritage. From the monk Emilion’s story, between truth and legend, to the carving of the surprising monolithic church, walk through several centuries of history. Your guide, only holder of the keys, opens the monuments’ doors and shares their secrets ! Observe the details of the Trinity Chapel’s paintings and discover the mysterious catacombs and the Hermitage… A historical summary within four essential monuments.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Place des Creneaux, 33330 Saint-Emilion, France
+33 5 57 55 28 28
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited St Emilion in the evening, so the Tourist Office and the church were closed, so we only got a chance to see it from the outside but it was still impressive. Will have to visit again to see it properly.

Thank Dafman72
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a walk round the town. Plenty of cobbled roads not good for mobility scooters but I got round most places.

Thank Elaine B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The St Emilion Monolithic Church located in the centre of the old town should be viewed at night and during the day. The hermit monk story is worth researching beforehand. The tall bell tower stands proud over St Emilion

Thank Progressive T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see this church for miles, throughout the Saint Emilion appellation. To get up close is even better. It's in the middle of the village and you can walk right up to its walls. If you'd like to get inside, the Saint Emilion Tourism...More

Thank PilotMichael
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most surprising places i have ever gone, this underground building entirely scarve under th rock is a magnificent example of man’s abilities to build and later man’s lust and desire to destroy. A wonderful site? Unimanigible from outside. Need to by a...More

Thank carlosmp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting because its carved out of the limestone hill and right in town and has some burial sites. Otherwise unremarkable we thought.

Thank Paul F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the time and cost for a short tour of this historic site, in the heart of the town. Telling the story of St Emilion and inside the caverous carved imterior of a church like space. This is a main sight in town and we...More

Thank Cooper-art
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Worth stopping for a visit.......had our picnic lunch at top and enjoyed the view of the city. Definitely a must-see!

Thank TennismumCA
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We visited Saint Emilion and the surrounding vinyards in August --a day trip from Bordeaux. A tour of the monolithic church is well worth the time and price whether or not you are a believer. It is an impressive feat of architecture.

Thank Gardener77
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Here's an alternative to the lovely wine shops that pepper the streets of this wonderful little town. You'll have to get a tour, because the church property is privately owned. The tour guide was a bit ambiguous, but she did get us through the door.

Thank Laura B
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Sofia M
4 May 2017|
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Response from John C | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was in English, arranged through the tourist information office in St. Emilion. We booked it in person, however, not via the internet. Their tourism office has a site in English that TripAdvisor rules prohibit me... More
18 July 2016|
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Response from Lord M | Reviewed this property |
No. You have yo take a tour.
18 July 2016|
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Response from nancystud | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we walked in fir a bit