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SAINT-EMILION MONOLITHIC CHURCH

SAINT-EMILION MONOLITHIC CHURCH
Saint-Emilion, France
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BACKGROUND

In the eighth century, a Breton monk named Emilion fled to southern France to escape persecution by the Benedictine order and adopted an eremitic existence, living in a cave. It is said that he established a strong Christian community in the area, performing miracles and attracting a following of monks. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In 1996, World Monuments Fund placed Saint-Emilion Monolithic Church on the Watch because of the severe structural issues, exacerbated by constant water infiltration, threatening this architecturally and culturally significant site. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The region of Saint-Emilion in the south of France is a beautiful and historic landscape filled with vineyards and fine architecture. Along the route to Santiago de Compostela, Saint-Emilion boasts many churches and monasteries, built from limestone quarried locally from the surrounding hills. (...)