Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is located in Normandy, France.

Legend has it that, in 708, the Bishop of Avranche was visited three times in his sleep by the archangel Saint Michael, who implored him to build a sanctuary in his honor on the Mont Tombe, a small, rocky islet near the coast of Normandy. The Bishop obeyed by having a crypt excavated and a chapel erected on the mountainís summit, thus transforming the Mont Tombe (a mysterious spot once used as a cemetary or a druidic place of worship) into the Mont Saint Michel, light of Christendom.

Many pilgrims came here during the following years, attracted by the Montís rapidly spreading reputation, and some of them even gave generously to contribute to its growth. But it is Richard I, Duke of Normandy, who really gave the Mont Saint Michel its credentials when he sent to the sanctuary around thirty benedictine monks to attend to the task of making it into a temple of prayer worthy of the name

From this moment on, the Mont Saint Michel became one of the most imposing monuments dedicated to the glory of God. In 1017, Richard II undertook to rebuild the chapel, by then deemed too modest. From 1212 to 1228, following a fire that had destroyed almost all of the site, Philippe Auguste helped rebuild the church and add two adjacent buildings to accommodate the monks. Finally, during the XVth century, a new choir was added to the Romanesque nave of the church; all of which conferred on the Mont Saint Michel the stature of an immense temple defying time and the elements ó a powerful symbol of the presence of the divine within man.