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The rock Church of Saint-Emilion and chapel. Trinity: photo, description Eglise monolithe de Saint-Emilion et La chapelle de la Trinite)

If you believe local legend, the town of Saint-Emilion appeared in the place where in the VIII century, settled by a hermit named Emilion. Later on the site of the cave in which he lived and prayed, has created a unique monolithic Church. The time of its creation - from VIII to XII century. Thanks to this and other attractions of Saint-Emilion was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO.

All the offices of the Church are under the earth, above the top of the hill only rises the spire of the bell tower. Around this temple, also in the depths of the hill, was built the catacombs which served as tombs. After all in the face of this rock the Church there was a bell tower (XII century), the Gothic portal (XIV century) and the tower of the XVI century.

Currently, the spire of the bell tower of St. Emilion is considered to be the tallest building in the city. To climb to the top of the tower and see the town from a height, will have to overcome nearly two hundred steps.

In Saint-Emilion, which has been preserved since the middle Ages almost unchanged, there are other notable buildings. For example, two of the Abbey, which was built in the fourteenth century, but one of them is located outside the city walls, and another inside it. From one monastery only ruins, but on the other - the cloister and the underground cellar where the famous local sparkling wine "Crémant de Bordeaux".

The chapel of Saint Trinity (the Holy Trinity) refers to the period of Gothic architecture and was built in the XIII century. Its main feature is the frescoes that have survived to our days thanks to... secularization. During the great French revolution, the chapel building was seized from the Church and sold at the shop of the local Cooper. He did not particularly care about the safety of the building and a fire for roasting barrels in the middle of the former chapel. Over time a thick layer of soot covered the walls and preserved paintings of the XIV century. Vintage image once again saw the light only at the end of the last century.