| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Mont St. Michel, Normandy, France,photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

MONT ST. MICHEL, FRANCE:  This small rocky island on the coast of Normandy is home to a medieval Benedictine Abbey.  Legend has it that the archangel Michael appeared before St. Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, in 708.  The archangel told the Bishop to build a church on the site.  The Bishop ignored the call, until Michael burned a hole in the Bishop’s skull with his finger.  Construction began soon after!  The site was dedicated to Michael on October 16, 708.   Mont St. Michel has primarily served as a Benedictine Abbey, but during the French revolution it was converted to a prison.  Victor Hugo was a vocal proponent of Mont St. Michel and helped to have the prison closed in 1863.  The following year it was declared an historic monument.  Over a century later, in 1979, it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This has to be one of the most photographed sites in the world. Finding a unique perspective is hard to do.  This photo was captured travelling the hard to find paths and small country roads.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor  AF-S 70 – 300mm lens at 225mm, 1/500 sec., f16, 800 ISO.  P

hoto by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

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One response

  1. Beautiful photo

    April 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm

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