Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion

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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. Plan your Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion visit and explore what else you can see and do in Saint-Emilion using our Saint-Emilion trip itinerary app.
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  • Very atmospheric and a lovely feel to it. The square it stands in gives impressive views. Again typical stone architecture and a reflective place. 
    Very atmospheric and a lovely feel to it. The square it stands in gives impressive views. Again typical stone architecture and a reflective place.  more »
  • Tess, the guide of my tour, was funny, engaging, and knowledgeable. The stories behind the monolithic church are very interesting and I highly recommend the tour. 
    Tess, the guide of my tour, was funny, engaging, and knowledgeable. The stories behind the monolithic church are very interesting and I highly recommend the tour.  more »
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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.

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