Mont Saint Michel Things to Do Tips by Azhut Top 5 Page for this destination
Mont Saint Michel Things to Do: 146 reviews and 305 photos
The cloister-Pic from the web
The cloister is maybe the part of the Abbey that I loved more. The monks were used to walk along it for many hours, to thing about phylosophical aspect of live, or this is what I imagined when I was there. The place must be quiet and relaxing, an ideal sight for contemplation. It contains a wonderful little garden that makes less austere this side of the Abbey. When you will visit it I think that you will remember some lines of the books you read about monks and middle ages at school.
The statue of the archangel pic from the web
Saint Aubert's dream.
Here is a legend I found on the net but unfortunately is in french! You can read more by yourself if you don't know french, but at the moment read this:
"L'histoire du Mont Saint-Michel débute par une légende : en 708, Auber, évêque d'Avranches, reçoit de l'archange Saint-Michel l'orde de lui construire un lieu de culte. L'évêque, se croyant fou, attend d'autres apparitions miraculeuses pour finalement faire construire un oratoire, puis une petite église à l'emplacement actuel de l'abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel".
More info on: http://www.linternaute.com/sortir/escap/ouest/mont-saint-michel/mont_saint_michel.shtml
The scriptorium-pic from the web
The scriptorium is a latin word that was used to refer to a place where monks went to read and to write and copy old books and miniatures. This is another magical place to me, because it seems to see in front of you all those monks that worked to save from the erosion of the time important books for our culture. Today not only the Abbey but the whole site when Mont Saint Michel was erepted is protected by Unesco.
Steps by steps!!
To build up an Abbey like this is not easy especially if you decide to do it on a hill!!! The only way to join the top is to use many many steps, and that's not easy believe me! After an hard leg's exercise you need a drink, and of course you can choose to sit on a chair, relaxing and drinking. Isn'it a good life?? :-)))
Remember that Mon Saint Michel is a village built uo on a hill so every street has a great declivity becuase it leads to the to, where the Abbey stands. The pavement is made with cut stones, as it was used in the middle age, so in my opinion is a bit hard to " climb " Mont Saint Michel in a unique solutions. Fortunately you can stop along the way!
The anorama is wonderful and you can't forget to take a picture while you are walking.
A corner of the Abbey
The Abbey seems a mirage after climbing the hill of Saint Michel. When you are on the top you can have a great vieuw of the area, and it worths almost a visit!
The Abbey is a gothic Monastery built up in XIth centuries. The hill where the Abbey stands was dedicated to the Arcangel of Saint Michel in 708. Tourist can visit it almost the whole year, but I recommend to go there especially in springtime or summer (may and june are the best months to me). It is open until 7 p.m. in summer and it is closed after 5 p.m. in winter.
Visit the Mont Saint Michel Tourist office site below:
The guest room- pic from the web
The guest room was probably used as a place where pilgrims could spend some hours after a visit to the Abbey. At that time only men from the Church and aristocratic families could allow a tri untill the Abbey. I visited a part of the guest room and I remember that there were two big rectangular "holes" on the main wall, that can be considered as modern "central heating"; they were more than a fire place!
Tides and sands
This picture is taken by the upper level of the abbey close to the refectorium. You can easily see the tides arriving slowly during the day and the still dry sands.
More Reviews (12)
- See All The tides
- See All The Archangel of the rocks
- A charming stay
- Fish and meat
Azhut's Related Pages
Mont Saint Michel Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "A place that simply redefines 'awesome'!"
- "Mont St Michel - "The Marvel of the Western World""
- "Merveille de l’Occident"
- "A wonderful corner of France"
- "A shock for the eyes and the soul"
- "Le Mont Saint Michel, the western wonder"
- "Mont St-Michel"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Mont Saint Michel
- Hotels in Mont Saint Michel
- Transportation in Mont Saint Michel
- Nightlife in Mont Saint Michel
- Restaurants in Mont Saint Michel
- Shopping in Mont Saint Michel
- Warnings and Dangers in Mont Saint Michel
- See All...
Explore the World
- K'aghak' Artashat Hotels
- East Timor Hotels
- Saint Petersburg Hotels
- Tel Megiddo Hotels
- Cesky Tesin
- Îles Tuamotu et Gambier
- Fenerbahce Stadium
- Caribbean and Central America Things to Do
- Winterberg Things to Do
- Terlingua Things to Do
- Cerro de la Silla
- Batticaloa Things to Do
- Gedimino avenue
- Shah Faisal Moque, Islamabad.
- Circle Line Harbour Cruise
- Castellina in Chianti Things to Do
- Fortaleza Ozama - Ozama Fortress
- Bartlesville Things to Do
Badges & Stats in Mont Saint Michel
- 20 Reviews
- 23 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 22 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (10)
Have you been to Mont Saint Michel?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Mont Saint Michel
Photos in Mont Saint MichelSee All Photos (23)
Top 10 Pages
- Barcelona Intro, 113 reviews, 155 photos, 5 travelogues
- Oslo Intro, 44 reviews, 103 photos, 8 travelogues
- Bologna Intro, 50 reviews, 68 photos, 2 travelogues
- Florence Intro, 43 reviews, 61 photos, 4 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Isola d' Elba Intro, 28 reviews, 59 photos, 4 travelogues
- Top 5 Page for this destination Livorno Intro, 41 reviews, 44 photos
- Paris Intro, 31 reviews, 49 photos, 3 travelogues
- Verona Intro, 36 reviews, 43 photos, 2 travelogues
- Prague Intro, 32 reviews, 44 photos, 3 travelogues
- Rosignano Solvay Intro, 35 reviews, 38 photos
FriendsSee All Friends (107)
Latest Mont Saint Michel hotel reviews
- Auberge Saint-Pierre
- 141 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 16, 2013
- La Vieille Auberge
- 26 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jan 25, 2013
- 106 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 13, 2013
- Relais St Michel
- 57 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Mar 23, 2013
- Hotel Du Guesclin
- 23 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Sep 11, 2012
- Le Mouton Blanc
- 158 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: May 8, 2013
- 48 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 27, 2012
- La Digue
- 19 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Dec 11, 2012
- La Mere Poulard
- 111 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 20, 2013
- Terrasses Poulard
- 67 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Apr 10, 2013