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Mont Saint Michel


Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a rocky, cone-shaped islet in the Gulf of Saint-Malo connected by a causeway with the mainland. On top of the islet is the famous old Benedictine abbey and its church - there has been a monastery here since the 8th century and fortifications have been on the location since ancient times.

On the lower part of the islet, quaint houses and shops are located in a small village where 120 people live inside the former fortifying ramparts.

It once was that when the sea rises, the islet was completely cut off from the mainland and was its own island but due to issues with silt caused by causeway an elevated permanent bridge has been built.

The bridge is only for pedestrians and shuttle buses - you must park in the secure car park (fee charged) on the other side around 1km away.

Mont St Michel was the only place in the north of France not to fall to the English in the 15th century 100 year war despite three separate major blockades.

The abbey also has a lot of history and the view from the courtyard of the church built on the rocky top of the mountain is worth the climb.

Mont-Saint-Michel is a Unesco World Heritage site and attracts three million visitors a year.

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