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The monolithic church

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Office de Tourisme du Grand Saint-Emilionnais
Place des Créneaux - 33330 - Saint-Emilion

05 57 55 28 28



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The Monolithic Church can be visited for free 
on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd



The monolithic church is an underground religious building dugged in the early 12th century of gigantic proportions (38 metres long and 12 metres high). At the heart of the city, the monolithic church reminds the religious activity of the city in the Middle Ages and intrigues by its unusual design. 


From the ancient Greek «mono» meant «single» and «lithos», «stone», its name refers to a building dug into the limestone plateau and whose current structure still forms a single block. The goal of its realization is probably the development of the city around a pilgrim activity on the tomb of the patron Saint St. Emilion. In memory of the Breton hermit who had settled in a nearby cave during the 8thcentury, and in order to edify the faithful, the ambition to achieve a sufficiently large reliquary church to host hundreds of pilgrims, was born.


Carved in the 12th century, painted in the 14th, devastated in the 16th, battered in the 18th during the Revolution and restored in the 20th ! Today, it is still consecrated and hosts regular religious ceremonies, sometimes concerts, but also induction ceremonies of the Brotherhood of wines of Saint-Emilion - The Jurade. Mainly it is an unavoidable place to visit for an unforgettable, daily guided tour.


Practical information
  • 21/09 : 10:00 to 10:30pm & 22/09 : 10:00am to 6:00pm

  • 44°53'35.880"N 0°9'22.518"W // 44.8933 -0.156255

  • Free

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  • Animals accepted

  • Self-guided tour

  • Reservations not necessary

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