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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay: Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most iconic monuments of France. Mont-Saint-Michel is a small rocky island in front of the Normandy coast. Mont-Saint-Michel is dramatically rising from the sea and is visible from far away. Behind the fortified medieval walls lies the village Le Mont-Saint-Michel and 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 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, along with Santiago de Compostela, Chartres Cathedral and Rome. Mont Saint-Michel is located along the Route of Santiago de Compostela. At the foot of the Benedictine Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel lies the small village Le Mont-Saint-Michel. 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 was declared 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 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 Le Mont-Saint-Michel and the village church.

  4. Mont Saint-Michel - Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay: At the top of the Grande Degré. The Grande Degré is the Grand Staircase leading to the...

    Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay: At the top of the Grande Degré. The Grande Degré is the Grand Staircase leading to the entrance of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel has been protected as a French 'monument historique', an historic monument, since 1862. 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 St. Michael the Archangel. The worship of St. Michael 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 of Mont Saint-Michel became one of the...

    Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay: The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is adorned with gargoyles. The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel became one of the most important places 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 Mont Saint-Michel courtyard garden. Mont Saint-Michel is completely...

    Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay: Low tide viewed from the Mont Saint-Michel courtyard garden. Mont Saint-Michel is completely surrounded by a 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 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 in light. The windows of the refectory are hidden...

    Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay: The refectory of the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel is flooded in light. 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, it was the scriptorium of the abbey. About...

    Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay: The Salle des Chevaliers is the Room of the Knights, it 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, the 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. During the Second World War, the island of...

    Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay: The commemoration of the 65th anniversary of D-Day. During the Second World War, the island of Mont-Saint-Michel was occupied by the nazi-Germany, it was liberated by 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.