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Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

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There are several legends attached to this edifice, but the most prominent has to do with the Archangel Michael. For those who don’t know, Michael was the leader of the heavenly body of angels. In the Bible, he plays a major role in the Book of Revelations, the last book of the New Testament. This text tells the story of Michael’s fight against the demon, represented in the form of a dragon. Helped by his angels, Michael managed to restrain the beast, which he tossed into the abyss.

According to the legend, the healing angel appeared to Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, and told him to build a church at the top. The archangel has to come three times in a dream, eventually poking Aubert in the head, before he went to work on building the structure. The first foundations of the Abbey were said to have been laid in the year 708.

Surrounded by the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay, whose high and low tides allow some visitors to reach the island on foot, has been declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.