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    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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    At the request of the Duke of Normandy, a community of Benedictine monks began living on the Mont in 966. The first ( )   [c...] was built before the millennium. An ( )   [a...] was founded in the eleventh century. A donation from the King of France helped assist with the construction of the Gothic Abbey called MARVEL. It included two three-storey buildings crowned by a ( )   [c...] and a ( )   [re...]. The Hundred Years' War made it necessary to protect the abbey with a great wall, ramparts, and ( )   [m...] buildings. At the same time as the development of the abbey, a village was being organized and prospered in the ( )   [Mi...]. (2 words) At the time of the French Revolution, the ( )   [m...] were hunted and Mont-Saint-Michel became a prison until 1863. Mont-Saint-Michel was an important place of ( )   [pi...] in the medieval West. For more than a thousand years, men, women and children came in their thousands, at the peril of the sea and the ( )   [s...] sands to find the archangel Saint-Michel, the insurance of ( )   [e...].

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