The mysterious straight line joining seven shrines dedicated to St. Michael: coincidence?

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Does this impressive line, thousands of miles long, represent the Archangel’s sword that sent the devil to hell?

An  impressive and mysterious straight line , which runs from Ireland to Israel, unites seven monasteries and sanctuariesrelated to the Archangel Michael . Is it mere coincidence? Was it intentional? The seven shrines stand at great distances from each other, but are perfectly aligned and astonishing.

The ” Sacred Line of St. Michael the Archangel ” symbolizes, according to tradition, the sword blow that the Archangel inflicted upon the devil to send him to hell after the battle in the heavens between faithful angels and rebellious angels who, led by Lucifer, they had turned against God.

Be that as it may, it is surprising the arrangement of all these sanctuaries along a straight line. Is it a warning from the Archangel that, in keeping with the laws of God, the faithful always walk in righteousness ? The Sacred Line, moreover, is perfectly aligned with the sunset on the day of the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.


As if that were not enough, the three most important sanctuaries of the mysterious line are at the same distance from one another : the beautiful and famous abbey of Mont Saint-Michel , on the border between the French regions of Normandy and Brittany; the Sacra di San Michele , in the Italian valley of Susa, Piedmont; and the sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo , also the Italian Mount Gargano, situated in the region of Apulia.

Know all seven sanctuaries of the Sacred Line:



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The line of the Sacred Line begins in Ireland on a deserted island where Archangel Michael would have appeared to St Patrick to help him free the country from the devil’s attacks. It is on this island that the first monastery rises: the one of Skellig Michael or Sceilig Mhichíl, in Gaelic language (“Rock of Miguel”).

Additional curiosity: The splendid panorama of this island appears in one of the movies of the Star Wars saga , as you can see in this other article:  What does Star Wars have to do with Archangel Michael?



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Traveling south, the line runs through St. Michael’s Mount in England: it is an islet of Cornwall which, at low tide, joins the mainland. In this place, San Miguel would have spoken with a group of fishermen.



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The Sacred Line then proceeds to France, crossing another famous island that also joins the low tide land: the spectacular Mont Saint-Michel, another site of the Archangel’s appearance. The beauty and historical and artistic richness of this sanctuary and its bay on the Normandy coast make it one of the most visited places in the whole of France, and have guaranteed its proclamation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. Mont Saint-Michel was already surrounded by strong mysticism since the High Middle Ages. More than 1,300 years ago, in 709, the Archangel appeared, according to tradition, to the bishop of Avranches, Saint Aubert, requesting the construction of the sanctuary. Works began soon, but the Benedictine abbey was only to be ready in the tenth century.



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About 1,000 kilometers away, in the Piedmont valley of Susa, stands the fourth sanctuary: the Sacra di San Michele (pronounced ” Mikéle ” in Italian). Its construction began around the year 1000 and, over the centuries, new structures have been added. This is the case of the inn built by the Benedictine monks, since the holy place was on the route of the pilgrims of the Via Francigena, ancient road that went from France to Rome.



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More than 1,000 kilometers straight and one reaches the also Italian region of Apulia, more precisely to Mount Gargano. There, a cave of very difficult access became a sacred place and saw the Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel, begun in the distant year of 490. It marks the first appearance of Archangel Michael to Saint Lawrence of Majorca.



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Leaving Italy, the fascinating St. Michael’s Sacred Line arrives at the sixth sanctuary, now on the Greek island of Symi: here the monastery houses one of the largest effigies of the Archangel in the world, three meters high.



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The Sacred Line ends in Israeli territory: the Mount Carmel monastery in Haifa. The site has been revered since antiquity, but the construction of the Christian shrine dates back to the twelfth century.

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