Mont Saint Michel
May 7, 2010
This fabric bookmark comes from Mont Saint Michel, in France:
Mont Saint-Michel is a rocky tidal island and a commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometer off the country’s north coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The population of the island is about 50.
Before the construction of the first monastic establishment in the 8th century, the island was called “monte tombe“. According to legend, St. Michael the Archangel appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, in 708 and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel’s instruction, until St. Michael burned a hole in the bishop’s skull with his finger.
Mont Saint-Michel was previously connected to the mainland via a thin natural land bridge, which before modernization was covered at high tide and revealed at low tide. This has been compromised by several developments and the distance between the shore and the south coast of Mont-Saint-Michel decreased.
A dam is being constucted, making Mont Saint-Michel an island again.