This unpretentious little church was originally built around 1095 by the Danish community to serve the Viking population of Dublin. At the time, it was next to an ancient oak forest just outside the city limits. As the city expanded, the forest slowly disappeared and the area surrounding the church became urbanized. For five centuries, this was the sole parish church north of the river Liffy. The original wooden structure was replaced by a stone church around 1695. Beneath the church are several crypts that have become the main church attraction, as those who were buried here became mummified because of the drying effects of the limestone walls. Following the reformation, Henry VIII assigned St. Michan's church to Christ Church Cathedral and it became a Church of Ireland (Anglican). Around 1825, the church was closed for three years in order to undergo extensive restoration work.
Perhaps the most visited vault is this one. While there are no documents left to verify who is here, legend states that the casket on the right contains a female simply called "the unknown"; the center casket contains a male who is missing both feet and his right hand. He is called "the thief"; and the left hand casket reportedly is "a nun". Behind these three is said to be an 800 year old mummy of a "crusader".
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.