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    Monolithic church in Saint-Emilion

    An underground church.

    Originally, the monolith church was a simple cave where Saint Emilion, a Benedictine monk, lived as a hermit in the 8th century. Over 15 000 cubic metres of rock were extracted to allow for the ‘construction’ of the current church. The arches are 20 metres high, and the 15th century windows bring in light from the east flank. The church was confiscated during the French Revolution and turned into a factory in the early 19th century.

 
 

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