"Impressive Mont Saint-Michel" Saint-Michel by radu_c

Saint-Michel Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 23 photos

The History and the present, on an island

Mont Saint Michel is maybe the most famous place in Bretagne. Therefore it's also very crowded. But the atmosphere is great.

When to visit

It's reccommended to visit it early in the morning. But I visited it by evening and the sunset over the Saint-Michel Bay is really gorgeus. In August -September the abbey is opened for nighttime musical visits until 11.30 p.m.
If you care about your money, try to walk from the "continent" to the island, as the parking is 4 Eur, no mattering how long you stay.

The Short History

The history of Mont Saint-Michel begins in 708, when Aubert d'Avranches built here a sanctuar. The place become quickly a pilgrimage place. In X-th century the village developed itself in nearby, on the island.
During the 100 years war, the place served as an perfect fortification, beeing an example of military architecture.
After the religious life stoped, the place served as a prison, until 1863. Since 1874 the place, historical monument, has been continously restaurated. Since 1979 it's a UNESCO word heritage place.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very nice landscapes, nice abbey and full of history
  • Cons:crowded, very crowded.
  • In a nutshell:It certainly deserves a visit.
  • Last visit to Saint-Michel: Jul 2004
  • Intro Written Jul 27, 2004
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