Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux

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Basilica of St. Michael.

The Basilica of St. Michael, Bordeaux, is a Flamboyant Gothic church in Bordeaux, France, built between the end of 14th century and the 16th century. It is at the heart of the ancient quarter of Saint-Michel.[1][2]

The pulpit represents Saint Michael slaying the dragon; the stained-glass windows were destroyed during the bombardment of 1940. The separate bell tower, which is 114 meters tall, was built in the 15th century. In 1881 a Gallo-Roman cemetery and catacombs were discovered under the tower, with several naturally mummified bodies (see note); the church is a listed historical monument. The tower can be visited every day from April to October. [3]

From the late eighteenth century until 1979, over 60 of the mummified bodies were exhibited in the crypt.[4][5]


The mummies were found in 1791 according to other sources, in the adjacent parish graveyard which, having become full, was being cleared, with remains being transferred to catacombs; they further state that the bodies were removed to the cimetière de la Chartreuse in 1979.[6][7]


  1. ^ Basilique Saint Michel at Accessed 18 February 2018
  2. ^ Place Saint Michel at Accessed 18 February 2018
  3. ^ Flèche Saint-Michel, Bordeaux at (in French) Accessed 18 February 2018
  4. ^ Flèche Saint-Michel at Accessed 18 February 2018
  5. ^ Near Bordeaux, France historic photo of mummies late 19th century (Caveau de St Michel (Bordeaux)) at Accessed 18 February 2018
  6. ^ Imatges de pedra i de silenci at Accessed 18 February 2018
  7. ^ Crypte de Saint-Michel à Bordeaux : les momies sont de retour A La Une Bordeaux jean-paul vigneaud, 24/05/2013, at Accessed 18 February 2018

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Coordinates: 44°50′04″N 0°33′54″W / 44.8344°N 0.5649°W / 44.8344; -0.5649