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This Gothic abbey has stood proudly for well over 1,000 years, and today is one of the most visited tourist attractions outside of Paris. In July and August there is also a night-time tour, with music, light and sound.
Le Mont St Michel
Mont St Michel mini guide
|Department:||North West France > Normandy > Manche >|
|Location:||Situated on the coast, about 50km east of St Malo|
|Address::||Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel, Le Mont-Saint-Michel|
|Switch board number:||+33 (0)2 33 60 14 14|
|Visit owner's personal website:||www.abbayedumontsaintmichel.net|
There are many restaurants in the area to choose from.
|Quick links to accommodation:||Accommodation near Mont St Michel - Hotels in Mont St Michel|
In 708, a dream led Saint Aubert, the bishop of Avranches, to create a shrine to Saint Michael at this site.
Mont-Saint-Michel then became one of the major pilgrimage destinations in medieval Christendom. The Abbey is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Abbey is perched precariously on a 264-foot high rocky islet connected to the mainland by a causeway. Surrounded by over half a mile of massive walls and reached by a steep climb up winding streets, it remains one of the greatest sightseeing attractions in Europe and the second most visited place in France after the Eiffel Tower.
The Mont St Michel is also known for its tides, the highest on the continent, which race towards the Isle at the speed of “galloping horses”.
An immense project is in course to establish a modern and sophisticated link-bridge with the mainland and will be finished in the near future.
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