World heritage

Loading the player...
Mont Saint Michel - The Miracle of the Sign of the Conch

Share this content:
Language: English
Related material that you
may also like:
Historic sites Opens in new window
Historic monuments Opens in new window
Religious buildings Opens in new window
Architecture Opens in new window
Gothic art

The legend has it that for three nights in a row, the bishop had had the same strange dream in which he was given the same strange command. For two nights he had ignored it. That night, however, that was impossible. That night his nocturnal visitor, the archangel Michael, had decided to give Bishop Aubert of Avranches a little proof that his dreams were reality: He had reached over and pressed a finger on the bishop's skull. When the bishop awoke, he found he had a hole in his head. Maybe, he thought, he'd better do what the angel had said.

It was the year 708, and, as recorded later in the 9th century text “La Revelation,” St. Michael had ordered the bishop to build a chapel on Mont Tombe, a rocky island at the mouth of the Couesnon River near his town of Avranches, France. The angel did not choose his location at random: It was believed to be in this part of France that St. Michael won his mighty victory, described in Revelation, over the dragon.

Place/region: Mont Saint Michel, France, Europe
Series: Treasures of the World Heritage of Mankind
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Helmut Meewes Sponsor: 16:9 Action Plan of the European Union; UNESCO WHC
Published in:

Request embed code for your website