on the way out
back in the village again
a fantastic panorama of the bridge and the canalized Couesnon river
instruction before a walking tour over the mud flats. At high tide this place is hidden below 10 meters of water
to see the abbey you have to climb many stairs
when you get higher the views get better
but most people prefer the shuttle bus, even if they have to stand in line
these horses will be happy to bring you back to the mainland
from above you have a fantastic view over the low-tide flats.The island In the distance is Tombelaine
Mont Saint-Michel is a Benedictine abbey situated in the bay between Normandy and Brittany. The abbey and supporting village
sit on a granite rocky outcrop, about 1 km from the coast.
In the old days the island was only accessible at low tide, and the tide
of 12 meter made the abbey easily defendable.
It all started in 708 with a small church dedicated to Archangel Michael and was
turned into a Benedictine abbey in 966.
In the following centuries the abbey was further enlarged and the uncertain times of
the 100 Years War required construction of strong fortifications.
In the 18th century the number of monks dwindled and the abbey was
closed during the French Revolution and made a prison. In 1874 Mont St Michel was declared a national monument.
A project to reduce
accumulated silt from the bay started in 2006 and in 2014 an open bridge replaced the old causeway.
and buses transport the 3 million visitors per annum to and from this impressive UNESCO site.
We joined the crowd in
Mont Saint Michel: the abbey towers high on the rock, the village sits behind a protective wall
once inside, the Grande Rue turns out to be a narrow pedestrian street
the facade of the church-abbey
the garden cloister sits on top of the abbey building
we prefer to walk back because of the fantastic views