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The legend of Mont-Saint-Michel
THE LEGEND OF MONT-SAINT-MICHEL
The story of Mont-Saint-Michel begins in the year 708 with a legend :
In the year 708, the town of Avranches, which is very close to the Mont, was ruled by a bishop named Aubert. One night, Aubert saw the Archangel Saint-Michel in a dream. The Archangel gave him the order to build a place of worship in his honour on the mount lost in shifting sand. Aubert did nothing about it, thinking his imagination had got the better of him. The Archangel grew impatient with him, and when he appeared the third time, he poked a hole in Aubert's skull to make him believe him. Aubert began to construct the sanctuary in the shape of a cave which could receive hundreds of pilgrims.
As time went by, the mount began to be known as Mont-Saint-Michel, and Aubert sent a few monks to live there and pray to God and his Archangel.
église : church
abbaye : abbey
monastère : monastery
chapelle : chapel
sanctuaire : sanctuary
oratoire : oratory
lieu de pèlerinage : place of pilgrimage
lieu saint : shrine
un lieu de culte : a place of worship
prêtre : priest
moine : monk
évêque : bishop
cloître : cloister
réfectoire : refectory
bâtiments militaires : military buildings
le moyen âge : the Middle Ages
l'éternité : eternity
Thirteen centuries of history transformed Mont-Saint-Michel into a marvel of the west.
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