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St. Michan's Church

4.7/5
9 Reviews
Address: Church St. Lower, Dublin, Ireland
Phone: 353 (0)1 872 4154

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St. Michael’s Church is an old church in Dublin. It was first built at the end of the 11th century. The existing church was built in 1686. The history of the church is quite interesting. The church was first built in 1095 by Vikings who stayed in Ireland. Later, the church was rebuilt in the 17th century. In 1724, a huge pipe organ was installed in the church. It is said that Handel's famous "Messiah" was first played here. But the most fascinating thing about the church is the dozens of mummies in the basement. At first the mummies were stored in wooden coffins, but as time went by, the coffins gradually decayed, revealing the dried body inside. Among them, the lids of six coffins were completely decayed, so the mummies inside were completely exposed to people's sight. Now two of them are open to the public. The most notable thing in the basement is a separate coffin, whose owner is called the "Crusade". This "Crusade" is very tall, with his hands slightly extended from the coffin in an upward posture. Once visitors can shake hands with this 800-year-old mummy, and today you can also touch it.

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Though not as large or impressive as the Christ Church or the St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Michan's has a certain appeal for those interested in history - and in mummies. The church's main attraction is its underground vault, which contain the mummified remains of a nun, a 6.5-foot-tall man (cut in half so he could fit in the coffin), and the Sheare Brothers, executed by the British after participating in the uprising of 1798. Michan's is one of the oldest churches in the city and contains the organ on which Handel is believed to have composed his Messiah. It was constructed on the site of an 11th-century Danish Chapel, and its interior contains fine woodwork.
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