The Curious Case of “The Sword of St. Michael’s”

Dotting the mountaintops of Europe, stretching 2,500 miles and aligned like pearls on a string, lie seven ancient monasteries. 

All seven monasteries lie in a straight line, called the “Sacred Line.” Beginning on an island off the coast of Ireland, slashing through the continent of Europe and down to the Stella Maris Monastery in Israel, the monasteries are neatly spaced. In fact, although they’re located in different countries and are situated atop mountains or on remote islands, three of them – Mont Saint Michel in France; the Sacra of San Miguel in Val de Susa, in the Piedmont region of northern Italy; and the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo in the Gargano region of southeastern Italy – are equidistant from one another.

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