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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: Mont Saint-Michel is a small rocky island in front of the coast of Normandy. Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most iconic monuments of France. Mont Saint-Michel is dramatically rising from the ocean and is visible from far away. Behind the fortified medieval walls lies the tiny village of Le Mont-Saint-Michel and the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. According to a legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert in 708 AD and ordered him to built a church on the top of the small, rocky island. St. Aubert, the bishop of Avranches, built a chapel on the island, dedicated to the Archangel Michael. The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel was founded in the 10th century. Mont Saint-Michel became an important destination of medieval Christian pilgrimage in Europe, together with Santiago de Compostela, Canterbury, Chartres Cathedral and Rome. Mont Saint-Michel is located along one of the branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela. At the foot of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel lies the small village of Le Mont-Saint-Michel. The Island of Mont Saint-Michel is surrounded by its bay and low salty marshland. The surrounding bay of Mont Saint-Michel is known for the largest tidal ranges in Europe. Mont Saint-Michel is accessible via a causeway. Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

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Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: According to the legend, in 708 the Archangel Michael instructed the Bishop of Avranches to build a sanctuary...

Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: According to the legend, in 708 the Archangel Michael instructed the Bishop of Avranches to build a sanctuary on the small rocky tidal island in front of the coast of Normandy. The bishop of Avranches built a chapel on the island, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. Later, the Benedictine Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel was founded. Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  1. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: According to the legend, in 708 the Archangel Michael instructed the Bishop of Avranches to build a sanctuary...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: According to the legend, in 708 the Archangel Michael instructed the Bishop of Avranches to build a sanctuary on the small rocky tidal island in front of the coast of Normandy. The bishop of Avranches built a chapel on the island, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. Later, the Benedictine Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel was founded. Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  2. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The defensive walls and towers of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is a small rocky island in front of the...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The defensive walls and towers of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is a small rocky island in front of the Normandy coast in France. Behind the walls lies the tiny village of Le Mont-Saint-Michel and the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. The 'Grande Rue' is the narrow main street of the village Le Mont-Saint-Michel.

  3. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: One of the strong defensive towers of Mont Saint-Michel. The bishop of Avranches built a small chapel on...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: One of the strong defensive towers of Mont Saint-Michel. The bishop of Avranches built a small chapel on the island, dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. Benedictine monks started the construction of the abbey in the 10th century. At the foot of the abbey lies the small village of Le Mont-Saint-Michel and the village church.

  4. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: La Manche, the English Channel, viewed from the Grande Degré, the Grand Staircase leading to the...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: La Manche, the English Channel, viewed from the Grande Degré, the Grand Staircase leading to the entrance of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. Since 1862, the abbey has been protected as a French 'monument historique', historic monument. Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most iconic monuments of France.

  5. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The highest point of the island of Mont Saint-Michel is the spire of the abbey church. There is a statue of...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The highest point of the island of Mont Saint-Michel is the spire of the abbey church. There is a statue of Archangel Michael atop the spire of the abbey church. The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel, the worship of the Archangel was introduced in 708 AD.

  6. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is adorned with gargoyles. The abbey became one of the most...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is adorned with gargoyles. The abbey became one of the most important destinations of medieval pilgrimage. The Mont Saint-Michel Way, one of the branches of the Route of Santiago de Compostela, starts at the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel.

  7. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: Low tide viewed from the courtyard garden of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is completely...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: Low tide viewed from the courtyard garden of Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is completely surrounded by its beautiful bay. The Bay of Mont Saint-Michel is known for the greatest tidal ranges in Europe. Mont Saint-Michel is accessible via a causeway. Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  8. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The Abbey Church of Mont Saint-Michel and the cloister garden. The Abbey Church seems to have a window in the...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The Abbey Church of Mont Saint-Michel and the cloister garden. The Abbey Church seems to have a window in the shape of a heart. Three arches of the cloister gallery are open to the outside. The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is also known as the 'Wonder of Mont Saint-Michel', and as the 'Wonder of the West'.

  9. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The square cloister garden of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. The charming garden is surrounded by a gallery....

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The square cloister garden of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. The charming garden is surrounded by a gallery. The arcades of the gallery are decorated with sculptures of leaves and plants. The garden beds are planted with medicinal plants, the garden beds are surrounded by low boxwood hedges and roses.

  10. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The refectory of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is flooded with daylight, the windows of the refectory are...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The refectory of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is flooded with daylight, the windows of the refectory are hidden between the columns. The construction of the refectory dates back to 1215. The 13th century Gothic buildings on the north side of the abbey church are known as 'La Merveille'.

  11. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The Salle des Chevaliers is the Room of the Knights and was the scriptorium of the abbey. About...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The Salle des Chevaliers is the Room of the Knights and was the scriptorium of the abbey. About seventy illuminated manuscripts were made in the scriptorium, the oldest manuscript dates from the 8th century. Now, the precious manuscripts are housed in the Museum of the Manuscrits du Mont Saint-Michel - Le Scriptorial, this museum is situated in the town of Avranches, about 25 km northeast of Mont Saint-Michel.

  12. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The commemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day landings. During World War II, the island of Mont...

    Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay: The commemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day landings. During World War II, the island of Mont Saint-Michel was occupied by the nazi-Germany, it was liberated by the Allied forces in 1944. Every year, the French have a D-Day commemoration in Normandy. Mont Saint-Michel and its Bay were declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.