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"Cave of St. Emilion" Top 5 Page for this destination Saint-Émilion Things to Do Tip by Roadquill

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  Gate next to the cave of St. Emilion
by Roadquill

Below the belltower and across from the entrance to the Monolithic Church is the cave of St. Emilion. St. Emilion developed a following when, as a monk in Britttany, while distributing misappropriated loaves of bread to the poor, he was caught, told to show the bread and the bread loaves miraculously were turned into sticks of wood. After several other such miracles, he obtained a following where he was thought to cure sickness and infertility. He moved to the town that now bears his name and lived in a cave for 38 years, living off the tiny spring and gifts of food. Pilgrims flocked to St. Emilion and even after he died women with fertility issues would sit in his rock meditation chair.

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  • Written Jul 19, 2011
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