St Michan’s Church
Dublin Penny Journal, Jan. 4th, 1834
Strange whisperings have been heard in the limestone crypt of this church, where a number of mummified bodies, one reputedly that of a crusader, have been preserved for centuries. These bodies have been a visitor’s attraction for many years, and there have been reports of the mummies moving their hands on occasions. In one case a woman’s figure was seen, walking away from a robber. There has been a church on the site of St Michan's from the 11th century, when it served the Scandinavian population living north of the Liffey. The current building dates from 1685, but the crypts and their contents are much older. The vaults are said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.