Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mont Saint Michel

forms a tower in the
heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest
tides in Europe.
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Aubert, Bishop of Avranches built and consecrated
a small church on the 16th October 709. In 966
a community of Benedictines settled on the rock
at the request of the Duke of Normandy and the
pre-Romanesque church was built before the year
one thousand.

In the 11th century, the Romanesque abbey church
was founded over a set of crypts where the rock
comes to an apex, and the first monastery buildings
were built up against its north wall.

History of the Mont Saint-Michel : the abbey churchIn
the 14th century, the Hundred Years War made it
necessary to protect the abbey behind a set of
military constructions, enabling it to hold out
against a siege lasting 30 years.

The Abbey was turned into a prison during the
days of the French Revolution and Empire, and
needed to be restored before the end of the 19th
UNESCO has classed the Mont Saint-Michel as a
world heritage in 1979 and this mecca of tourism
welcomes more than three million visitors a year.
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