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Sanctuary of the Mont Saint Michel

Apparition of the Archangel Saint Michel

The Mont Saint Michel is a charming village with stone houses and narrow streets, built on a rock off the coast of Normandy and is surrounded by one of the world’s largest bays. The village and the bay are listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. It is one of the most unavoidable places of religious tourism in France. At high tide the mount becomes an island and at low tide it is accessible on foot. It is said that the sea comes in at the speed of a galloping horse.

In the year 709, after the first apparitions of the Archangel Saint Michael, a first chapel was built on the mount “Tombe” and dedicated to the Archangel Michael. Nearly 300 years later the Benedictine monks established their community. They reorganized the existing buildings so as to make it into a monastery and to welcome pilgrims. The pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel then became one of the most famous in the Christian world. Transformed into a prison at the French Revolution, the abbey was then restored and listed as a Historic Monument, before a religious community was again established.

Today the Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem lives here. A renewal community, their presence gives the site the lively fullness of the spiritual dimension. Their liturgy is sung in two parts (men and women) and goes perfectly with the beauty of the church. Among the pilgrims who come today are those who wish to follow in the footsteps of those of the Middle Ages by crossing the bay on foot, accompanied by a guide.

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