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France Mont Saint Michel

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Mont Saint-Michel (English: Saint Michael's Mount) is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located approximately one kilometre (0.6 miles) off the country's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. 100 hectares (247 acres) in size, the island has a population of 44.

The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and since the eighth century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: On top, God, the abbey and monastery; below this, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen's and farmers' housing.

Its unique position of being an island only 600 metres from land made it readily accessible on low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey. Equally, this position made it readily defensible as an incoming tide stranded, or drowned, would-be assailants. By capitalising on this natural defence, the Mont remained unconquered during the Hundred Years' War with a small garrison successfully defending it against a full attack by the English in 1433. The reverse benefits of its natural defence were not lost on Louis XI, who turned the Mont into a prison. Thereafter the abbey began to be used more regularly as a jail during the Ancien Régime.

One of France's most recognisable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites and more than 3 million people visit it each year.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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New access is now done and offer a big parking lot but now you have to pay 12.50€ for a 24 hours ticket. The second option is a ticket at a cost of 6,30€ for a 3 hours access only, and a stop less than 30 mn is free. Free shuttle then to go to final site, or by walk on the new bridge and taking some photographies, it's up to you ! ;)
Crowd Factor Lots of people
Best Timing Sunset
Sunrise & Sunset 08:30 - 17:17 | current local time: 13:06
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bill forehand
bill forehand 03.08.2020
Could you indicate where you took the photo? It does not appear to have been taken at the location shown on the map. thanks.
Edward 22.05.2019
So nice to see such a great site with a decent write-up as well. Thank you. I think have some from interior courtyards.

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