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  • 1 Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    Aubert, Bishop of Avranches, founded an oratory on this island in 708 after the Archangel St Michael appeared three times to him. This was replaced in the early 8C by a Carolingian abbey, and subsequently modified and extended over later centuries. T..

  • 2 Cloisters Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The cloisters seem to be suspended between the sea and the sky. The gallery arcades display richly sculptured foliage, ornamented with the occasional animal or human figure; there are also a few religious symbols. The carving is further set off by de..

  • 3 Church of Mont-St-Michel Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The exterior of the church, particularly the east end, is a masterpiece with its buttresses, rampant arches, bell turrets and balustrades. The interior reveals a marked contrast between the severe, sombre Romanesque nave and the elegant, luminous Got..

  • 4 Refectory Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    The effect is mysterious; the chamber is full of light although it appears to have only two windows in the end wall. A closer look reveals that the architect introduced a row of slim niches very high up in each recess to admit light without weakening..

  • 5 Ramparts Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    From the route round these ramparts built between the 13 and 15C you'll find some attractive views over the Bay in particular from the north tower from which you can see Tombelaine's rock.

  • 6 Mont-Saint-Michel bay Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    The bay of Mont-St-Michel is bordered by around 100km of coastline. The islands, cliffs, beaches and dunes here form a series of ecosystems home to numerous species of flora and fauna. This part of the Cotentin coast rewards visitors with stunning vi..

  • 7 Grande-Rue Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    This narrow street, the beginning of the assault on the Mount, is flanked by 15 and 16C houses with evocative names from the medieval Ages. Some are legendary addresses (Mother Poulard who sent the omelette all round the world) and many souvenir stal..

  • 8 Abbey gardens Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    These attractive gardens provide a view of the west face of the Mount and the Saint-Aubert Chapel

  • 9 Avancée gate

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rte e de l'Avancée F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    This gate, the only opening in the ramparts, allows access to a fortified courtyard flanked on the left by the guardhouse of the Bourgeois (16C) opening out on to another courtyard then to the King's gate (15C) which has machicolations and a portcull..

  • 10 St Peter's Parish Church

    Religious buildings

    Sanctuaire du Mont-Saint-Michel F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    This church was built in the 11C but has been very much reworked since. Curiously the apse includes a street leading to the cemetery. It contains furniture coming from the Abbey.

  • 11 Tiphaine lodge

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Grande-Rue F - 50170 Le Mont-St-Michel

    It was Bertrand Du Guesclin, captain of the Mount, who before going away to wage war in Spain had this lodge built for his young wife, Tiphaine Raguenel.

  • 12 Dike

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    D976 F - 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

    This dike (which can be crossed on foot to reach Mont-St-Michel) is to be partially replaced by a pedestrian bridge. This plan is part of a major project to prevent the silting-up of the bay around Mont-St-Michel. The aim of this complex project is t..

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