Commune of France located at the borders of Normandy, the Mont Saint Michel is particularly built on a rocky islet surrounded by a magnificent bay. Set in the middle of the sands like a jewel in its case, it is the third most visited tourist site in France, after the Eiffel Tower and the Château de Versailles. Classified on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979, this site attracts tourists from all over the world.
History of Mont-Saint-Michel
The Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most famous sites in France. Since its founding, this picturesque site has attracted pilgrims, tourists, artists and intellectuals, offering them a haven of peace and reflection.
Mont Saint-Michel is a place of pilgrimage that millions of people visit every year. But it is also a place of great beauty, with provincial Romanesque architecture, a landscape shaped by the tides and breathtaking scenery. It is also a strategic position, close to Paris and Normandy; it was used as a defensive stronghold, first by the Franks, then by the Vikings, and finally by the kings of England.
The Mont Saint-Michel is a place to visit for history lovers as well as for nature lovers. It is famous for its Romanesque architecture, especially the abbey, a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture, with its characteristic octagonal shape.
The abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel
The Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, formerly Benedictine and now entrusted to the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem, is a 12th century monastery with a spectacular view. It is located on the islet of Mont Saint-Michel and is classified as a historical monument.
The cloister of the abbey of Mont Saint Michel in particular is a masterpiece of architecture and mixes several materials: granite of Chausey, stone of Caen and English marble of Purbeck.
Celebrated for its architecture and history, the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel attracts more than two million visitors each year.
Tourism at Mont-Saint-Michel
This rocky island is home to four museums which, in a playful and interactive way, offer a fascinating dive into the rich past of the Norman rock the interactive space of the Archéoscope, devoted to the history of Mont-Saint-Michel in the form of a large multimedia show; the Historical Museum, where works of art, sculptures, paintings and watches from past centuries are kept; the Museum of the Sea and EcologyYou will learn more about the phenomenon of the tides and become aware of the problems of silting up the site; and finally Le logis Tiphaine, a museum retracing the life of the Constable Bertrand Duguesclin, army chief and knight emeritus under the reign of Charles V.
You will also find through the streets and alleys of the island, at the foot of the half-timbered houses, many stores and businesses to restore you and fill up with souvenirs. On foot or by bike, this UNESCO World Heritage Site also offers several activities designed to delight the whole family.
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