Monolithic Church

Interesting
Here's something you don't see every day: this underground church, the largest in Europe to have been built "from a single stone" was constructed in the rock in the late 11C. It is said that there were between five and 55 monks hollowing out the rock at any given time. The interior is impressive, due to the sheer scale of the naves carved deeply into the rock and the perfectly regular cut of the arches and four-sided pillars. A bas-relief at the far end of the central nave depicts two angels with six wings guarding the Gates of Paradise.

Useful information

Address:

Place du Marché, 33330 St-Émilion

Price:

2 € (-6 years old free of charge)

Opening hours

Contact tourist office for timetable

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