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Re-gilded twice in 30 years
The spire of the abbey church is topped by a statue of the archangel Saint Michael striking down Satan, represented by a dragon at his feet. It is a statue of about 4.5 metres high, made of welded copper plates, mounted on a form and then gilded. Also serving as a lightning rod, the statue was severely damaged by a violent storm in 1982. Removed with the help of a helicopter, the statue was restored, re-gilded, and returned to the top of the spire, first in 1987 and then again in 2016.
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