St. Michan’s Church: see Dublin’s mummies and uncover secrets

Journey through time at St. Michan’s Church in Dublin, where mummies and mysteries await. Discover the enigmatic history within.

St. Michan’s Church: see Dublin’s mummies and uncover secrets.

Nestled in the heart of Dublin, a city steeped in history and mystery, lies St. Michan’s Church – a place where time itself seems to have stood still. Beyond its unassuming facade lies a hidden world that beckons the curious and the adventurous.

We explore the hallowed halls of this ancient church, where centuries-old mummies rest in eerie splendour, and the walls whisper tales of bygone eras.

This church is said to be the home of the remains of Dublin’s most influential 17th, 18th, and 19th-century families.

Delve into the rich history, enigmatic legends, and spine-tingling mysteries that await those who dare to explore this extraordinary Dublin landmark.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting St. Michan’s Church:

  • St. Michan’s Church, Dublin’s oldest parish church, is known for its crypts and well-preserved mummies, making it a unique attraction.
  • Take a guided tour from Monday through Saturday to fully appreciate the history and mummified remains that lie in open coffins and caskets covered in dust.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to explore the crypt’s long burial vaults and narrow passageways.
  • The crypt can be chilly, so dress warmly, especially if you’re visiting in colder months.
  • Photography is usually allowed, but follow any guidelines provided by the tour guide and the church.

Interesting facts about St. Michan’s Church:

  • St. Michan’s Church, located on the north side of the river in Dublin, dates back to the time of the Vikings and is the city’s oldest parish church. Read here about 5 places in Ireland that were raided by the Vikings.
  • Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, is said to have visited the crypt, possibly inspiring elements of his famous novel.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1986 and a large pipe organ was installed in 1724. Handel is said to have first played the Messiah on this organ.
  • The church’s crypts house well-preserved mummies, some over 400 years old, thanks to natural mummification processes caused by methane gas.
  • The most famous mummy is an 800-year-old mummy known as ‘The Crusader’. Another mummy is missing its hand. This is believed to be punishment for being a thief. Next to him lies a small woman known as ‘The Nun’.
  • The crypt houses the remains of Robert Emmet, an Irish rebel executed for high treason, and the legendary Sheares Brothers, who were executed for their involvement in the 1798 rebellion.

What’s nearby

Food: Chapter One Restaurant (fine dining; contemporary Irish), The Woollen Mills (Irish), Wuff (café), L. Mulligan Grocer (bar & grill), Mongolian Barbeque (Mongolian).

Drink: The Church, The Horseshoe Bar at The Gresham Hotel, The Norseman, The Brazen Head, The Palace Bar.

Accommodation: The College Green Hotel (five-star), The Morrison, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (four-star), Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street (Leonardo Hotel) (three-star).

Other attractions: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublinia, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Ireland, and Trinity College Dublin, one of the top 100 universities in the world.

Your questions answered about St. Michan’s Chruch

Is St. Michan’s Church free?

St. Michan’s Church offers guided tours for a nominal fee, but entry to the church itself is typically free for visitors seeking moments of reflection.

Who are the mummified bodies in the Dublin Church?

The mummified bodies in St. Michan’s Church include members of the Sheares family, who were involved in the Society of United Irishmen and the 1798 rebellion, and mathematician William Rowan Hamilton.

Some claim that the remains of Robert Emmet, an Irish rebel executed for high treason, are housed in the church, too.

Does Dublin have catacombs?

No, Dublin does not have traditional catacombs like those found in cities such as Rome or Paris. However, it does have crypts and underground burial vaults in some of its historic churches.

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