St. Michan’s is a very old church on the north side of the River Liffey that has crypts that date from before the 16th century. The older crypts contained 4 mummies, two believed to be nuns, one a reformed criminal, all dating from about 400 years ago. The fourth mummy is a Crusader dating from over 800 years ago. You are allowed to touch the Crusader’s hand which is meant to bring good luck. Because of the dry limestone and the low temperatures in the crypt the bodies have turned into mummies. Since Victorian times visitors have descended the vault steps to see the mummies and Bram Stoker, creator of the "Dracula" stories is believed to have visited the vaults in the company of his family. Saint Michan's was built on the foundations of an old Viking chapel dating back to1095.
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