Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel
Archangel, the field commander of the Army of God. He is often depicted slaying Satan represented as a dragon, and with a shield with text quis ut deus (Who is like God?, a literal translation of the name Michael).
Statue of St. Michael the Archangel. The statue of 3.5 meters (11'6") is a work in copper plates and pushed together by rivets. It is placed on top of the spire of the cathedral at a height of 170 m (550 ft).
A plaster replica, measuring 2.2 m (7'3"), is in the pantry allowing to see the details of the statue on the spire.
It was commissioned by the architect Petitgrand who runs the Mont Saint Michel restoration project in 1896. The statue was badly damaged during a violent storm in 1982, it was restored in 1987, re-gilded and placed back on top of the spire with a helicopter.
- Emmanuel Frémiet (Paris 1824 - 1910),
French sculptor, produced in 1874 the first equestrian statue of Joan of Arc, erected in the Place des Pyramides, Paris; this he afterwards (1889) replaced with another version
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Locatie (N 48°38'8" - W 1°30'41") (Satellite view: Google Maps)
Item Code: frbn060; Photograph: 4 August 2015
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