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The Amazing Island Abbey of Mont St. Michel

By Philippa Burne, UK, July 2012

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It takes real vision and commitment to create something astoundingly beautiful and that’s what the initiator of the abbey at Mont Saint Michel had. It’s said that the abbey was built after a visitation to St Aubert, bishop of Avranches, by the Archangel Michael in the 8th century. Aubert initially ignored the angel’s suggestion that he build an abbey on the small rocky island just off the coast of France so the Archangel Michael made his point by using his finger to burn a hole in the bishop’s skull; that got his attention and the church was dedicated in 708.

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