MONT SAINT MICHEL

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  • The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity’s most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century.The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks’ ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the “”Merveille”” (Marvel) since the 12th century.
  • When you first see Mont-Saint-Michel, which is situated on the north Normandy and Brittany coast of France, between the city’s of Saint Malo and Avranches you see the tall castle rising up from a flat bay of sand and water. This culture centre of Western Christianity is the border point of Normandy and Brittany in France.
  • The bay around Mont St-Michel is famed for having Europe’s highest tidal variations; the difference between low and high tides – only about six hours apart – can reach an astonishing 15m. The Mont is only completely surrounded by the sea every month or two, when the tidal coefficient is above 100 and high tide is above 14m.
  • For centuries one of Europe’s major pilgrimage destinations, this holy mount is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is its breathtaking bay.
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