Photographer's Note

April 9, 2009
Saint-Michel-Mont-Mercure 850257 85700
Vendée Pays-de-la-Loire
46.830 -0.883 228 m

Archangel, in Saint-Michel-Mont-Mercure. (4+1 images).

One sight. (4+1 images).
Other sight. (3 images).

The church Saint-Michel of the 19th century.

Archangel Saint-Michel statue, of the 19th century.

The church Saint-Michel of style neo-romanesque, out of granite, has vaults of 12 m and increases to 345 m to the top of the marine level.
This church is located on Mont-Mercure, culminating point of the department of the Vendée, to 290 mètres.
A Romanesque church of the 10th century, was replaced by the current church built in 1877-1878 and 1894-1897, dedicated to the archangel Michel messenger of the Christian god.
The top of the bell-tower, under the statue, is to 41.90 m of the ground. Two accesses to the visitors make it possible to contemplate the landscape to 19.60 m and 36.10 mètres.

On his bell-tower, one sees by far, a statue of the Archangel 9.66 m height Saint-Michel weighing 1200 kg.
This statue manufactured out of red copper by the Gaget-Pérignon House, made for the World Fair of 1889, is the exact counterpart of that of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon.

The Romans made mount a station of watch and built there a temple dedicated to Mercure god of the travellers and trade, messenger of Jupiter.

In the Christian tradition, Michel, “that which is like God”, carries the symbols of chief of the celestial militia, the sword the lance and the armor, which fight the schism of Satan and the dragon, the symbol of the evil. It is an archangel popular, protective, inter alia, of France since the dynasty of Valois, the Catholic Church, and many professions of which for example bakers, boatmen, police officers, soldiers etc…

Saint-Michel-Mont-Mercure is a french commune, located in the department of the Vendée of the area of the Pays de la Loire, populated of 1729 Michelais, distributed on 26 km², that is to say 67 hab./km².

Saint-Michel-Mont-Mercure is the only locality in France, recalling by its name the old worship, Roman, and that which supplanted it.

January 31st, 1794, the Colonnes Infernales broke on Saint-Michel, ordered by GRIGNON, making plunderings, fires and massacres.

My images of Saint-Michel-Mont-Mercure.

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