St. Michan's Church in Dublin was built in 1686, constructed on a plot where a former Hiberno Viking church from 1095 had stood. Named after a Danish bishop, the church remained the only one on the north side of the river for many centuries while the city of Dublin blossomed on the opposite side of the river.
In the churchyard you can find the unmarked grave of United Irishman Robert Emmet who was the leader of the abortive 1803 rising. Inside the church the beautiful and detailed woodwork as well as the pipe organ are the two most impressive things to see.
The organ that dates back to 1724 cost £850 – a vast amount of money in those times. Rumor has it that Joseph Hayden played on this organ while he was alive.
St. Michan's is most famous for the mummies in the church's crypt. A tour of the vaults will introduce you to the inhabitants that have been resting down here for many centuries. The bodies are very well preserved and some of them still have strands of their hair. The bodies are made visible through the burst open caskets they are lying in. The reason why the bodies are still very much intact are the magnesium lime walls, which cause extremely dry air in the vaults, acting as a preservative for the bodies.
Amidst the corpses are some famous citizens of Dublin like the brothers Henry and John Sheans, leaders of the leaders of the 1798 rebellion.
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