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Did You Know St. Michael Burned A Hole In A Stubborn Bishop's Head?

This unhinged story is actually the legend behind the creation of the building you've no doubt seen before in the picture above—the famous Mont Saint Michel.

The full story goes something like this:

Back in the year 708, St. Aubert, the bishop of Avranches, had a rather unexpected visitor—none other than the Archangel St. Michael himself.

Aubert saw the archangel in his dream, and he commanded Aubert to build a sanctuary in his honor at the top of an island. Sounds straightforward, right?

Well, not quite. Aubert shrugged off the dream as mere midnight madness and hit the snooze button on the angelic orders.

Suffice it to say, archangels I guess aren't ones to take no for an answer. So, the very next night, he returned to Aubert's dreamscape with a repeat performance of his command.

Yet again, Aubert dismissed it, probably muttering something about heavenly hallucinations.

Now, I'm sure St. Michael knew a thing or two about human nature and our proclivity to stubbornness, and he wasn't about to let that get in the way of his architectural aspirations.

So, he decided to up the ante.

On the third night, he pulled out his secret weapon: the ol'-burning-hot-finger-to-the-forehead persuasion technique.

Imagine Aubert's surprise when he woke up from his dream to find an actual hole in his head, courtesy of the archangel.

Anyway, realizing that resistance was futile, Aubert finally got to work (and with an absolutely screaming headache I'd imagine). Thus in late 709, against all odds a church dedicated to Archangel Michael stood toweringly atop Mont Tombe.

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