With flames just yards from their doors, both these ancient religious monuments are still standing thanks to firefighters ... and maybe a little saintly help.
The recent crippling heatwave in Europe resulted in more than 1,500 people losing their lives. It also led to some horrific wildfires that destroyed thousands of hectares of land. Yet there have been some incredible stories of religious buildings narrowly escaping these deadly fires.
With temperatures reaching 105 degrees Fahrenheit early on this week in France, some areas were left vulnerable to wildfires. On Sunday, 1,500 hectares were consumed by fire around the Saint-Michel de Frigolet Abbey.
The 12th-century abbey, which is on the south coast of France, is home to the Order of Canons Regular of Prémontré, or Premonstratensians, and welcomes pilgrims, as well as non-religious visitors, wanting a moment of respite. On Sunday, the monks had to flee their home as the fire rapidly approached their walls.